A Week

This week was just a normal week. Kind of busy, but that’s normal. Everyone is doing well. Nothing out of the ordinary happened. I did receive this photo of a great piece of needlework though. That was nice.

Gus is still being a little too pushy with the ladies. Hopefully they can hold their own. O’Malley enjoys keeping him in line.

Cal is still here for another week. He’s growing in a ton of feathers while several people work to find him a safe forever home.

I must say, I’m kind of cranky these days. I see notices almost every day on message boards from people trying to get rid of roosters. They always say they’re the sweetest, friendliest gentlemen and they deserve the best homes… and they’re right. They DO deserve the best homes. That is why people shouldn’t HAVE chickens if they don’t have a plan for the roosters. Roosters are noisy. They don’t belong in the suburbs. Half of all chickens hatched are roosters. There is not a magical waiting list of sanctuaries who want to take in wayward roosters and care for them for the YEARS they will live. People actually drop them off at the Seattle Animal Shelter like a lost puppy (that’s not Cal’s story – he was dropped and injured by an eagle). I’m just dumbfounded by it all I guess. So many people are so very careless with the lives of animals. Hatch and dump, hatch and dump, hatch and dump. So much suffering for so little reason.

I don’t know what got me started on that rant, but I’m going to take a tip from Cal the rescued rooster and just relax and enjoy some sunshine.

Here’s hoping for a quiet, relaxing week ahead.

Quacks and clucks,

Tiff and the motley crew

12. June 2011 by Silly Human
Categories: Check-Ins | 7 comments

Comments (7)

  1. Rant on! 🙂 When certain trends for animal use captures the imagination of folks, there’s no consideration for the consequences in the rush to be a part of it. So many places tout the “virtues” and “benefits” (for humans), so we all need to counter that with some down-to-earth realism about what happens to the animals when humans get these “bright ideas.”

  2. If people wish to have backyard chickens then the least they could do is to adopt ex-battery hens. These poor girls need the homing and really are superb. If you only have girls then you only get eggs……. poor old roos-

  3. It’s the “after Easter-get rid of a baby grown chick Syndrome”. It’s not a stuffed toy, people. With living beings come responsibility. But if parents don’t have that gene, they just pass on ignorance to their offspring.
    It’s a shame. I could keep going, but the Cyber Nazis will find me & run over my geese.
    Thank you for being there, Ms. Ducks & Clucks.
    Signed, Me & My Critters.

  4. Oh, Gus – all that testosterone coursing through his veins. He sure is a handsome dude!

    So nice to see Cal improving and enjoying the (finally!!) sunshine!

    “…So many people are so very careless with the lives of animals…” Very well put!

  5. i understand your rant. i have no tolerance for people who do stupid things at the expense of animals either. you do a lot of rescue work, so you see even more of the bad side than the average person. that has GOT to be tough to take at times.

    keep up the good work.

  6. It’s been a busy week for me too with my new job but i always have to get in here and see how everyone is doing. I understand the rant and i guess people don’t realize that roosters have to crow. It’s not like you can duct tape their beaks or something.
    We are having great weather this week and i’m sure it’s bringing out more bugs in the backyard for everyone to feast on.

  7. This is a great entry! You’re so right–the trend of the backyard chicken coop in the suburbs is unfortunately one that results in a lot of dead roosters. We live near an enormous forest and park area and occasionally some cruel person will abandon an unwanted rooster there to live alone until he gets picked off by an owl or a hawk. So thanks for writing such a good entry about such an important topic.

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