I have Hispanics coming by all the time, to buy eggs. But also asking if I have any chickens for sale. You know what they want them for. To eat. I usually will adamantly say no. I don't eat my chickens. They are pets. Well...most of them. I have one that is a very difficult rooster.
I raised him from a chick. His name is Alan. He is an Araucana. A pretty man. Still, he has never been trustworthy. When he was loose out in the yard I would have to carry a stick with me to defend myself if he decided I needed to be flogged.
The day came when I had had enough. Roosters can sense when old hens are not laying and they will start to pick on them, try to run them off. He was picking on some of my older girls. So, I caged him. He has been in a pen ever since. By himself.
Hank is now the king of the yard, and he is a big sweetie pie. Same breed, big old thing. Love him so much.
So, I had a guy come by a few minutes ago to get eggs. Asked me if I had any chickens for sale. I said no, no hens. He said he would take a rooster, it didnt matter.
I dont know why I did it. I said,
"Well, I have this rooster over here...I just have no use for him. He is mean to my hens, mean to me, but he is so pretty."
In reply he says,
"Okay, I will be back later then, how much?"
"I don't know, how much do you usually pay?"
He doesnt know.
I am thinking if I was selling him for breeding he would be ten dollars. So, I guess ten dollars. I dont know.
BUT...I have never ever sold a chicken to EAT.
Should I sell him? I mean, I have this sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach...I think it is sympathy for Alan, even though he probably doesnt deserve it.
Should I do it?
Should I sell him?
It would free up a pen. I have tried to reform him, but he will not behave. I have tried holding him and petting him. He just won't have it.
I know it is the practical thing to do. I know it is. But my gut is churning and I feel sick. Should I? Somebody please tell me it is okay to do this, or that it isnt okay to do this...something. :(
I have had him for two years now, what to do, what to do.