Sadly dear Rafael will not be staying with us as we had originally planed. Over the last few weeks he has gone from being the King of the flock to being a little to big for his britches. All the other boys have scabs on their combs and waddles from Rafael, he will not let the girls eat any scraps and at night he will chase the other chickens out of the coop. And as if the abuse to the other chickens was not enough, he is getting more and more aggressive to us. I have to admit that I swatted a chicken today out of natural reflex when he went after my hand. But as any sane person would, I laughed hysterically afterwards for spanking a chicken!
This is also the time I am grateful my dad is a hunter and more than willing to do the dirty business. Pop pop use to do his own small game butchering and did his fair share of taxidermy, so he knows what he's doing......and I'm relieved to not be the life taker! I'm not bothered by the thought of raise it to eat, or cooking it... I'm bothered with doing the act of life taking.
Not sure how Z is going to handle all this either. I'll watch him and we'll answer questions and if I feel it is too much right now, then he will be brought inside. But, this is a way of life and it will become a bigger way of our life in years to come. For that reason we do want Z to feel comfortable with the thought and not be afraid to ask questions.
What do you all do with your children when it is butchering time?
Well, the two boys have been removed and taking care of. My son was told everything that was going to happen and what he was going to see. He decided he wanted to watch. Well, he wanted to watch until Pop Pop raised his hand into the air. Then my son took off running to the back of the house. Thank you God!! I was struggling watching the life taking part, but wanted to be strong for Z. Instead we counted how many watermelons and tomatoes were on the plants and admired the other plants. Once heads were removed he was okay with looking at the bodies. Pop Pop decided to simply skin them, Z wasn't wanting to watch that part. But once it was all said and done he wasn't bothered by it all.
|The 2 boys waiting to be cleaned up.|
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