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I am a 42 year old woman that is about as happy and content as one person can be. My husband of 21 years and our 15 year old daughter live on five and a half acres out in the country. We moved from the city four years ago and never looked back. I homeschool our daughter. We also love our animals. Our daughter has a miniature horse and two rabbits. We also have a border collie, two cats (again), two pot belly pigs, four peafowl, three emus, 2 llamas and an undetermined number of chickens, lets just say ohhh about 200. I have many breeds, from layers to fancy chickens. I love poultry shows, I love fowl in general as I have come to find out through having more than just chickens. Chickens will always be my first love though. I do show some of my birds occasionally.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


I been thinkin'. Sometimes that can lead to trouble. Sometimes it is enlightening.

After I saw how Ricardo and his dad treated my own animals...I had to wonder just how well their chickens were treated.

They have already hatched thirteen (unlucky number?) from the eggs I gave them and they hatched out of their incubator.

I all of the sudden dont feel so comfortable hatching eggs for them. Those eggs turn in to beautiful little babies. That turn into living sentient beings that have feelings and feel pain and fear. But are also capable of feeling kindness and love. 

I want to hear from y'all. What would you do if you were having second thoughts?


Another option to get out of it would be to say the power went out and stayed off too long and the eggs had to be tossed...but then what if they ask me to try again. I wish I had never agreed to do this. I have got to start thinking before I say yes to stuff.


kristijohnson72 said...

Whether or not he gets the eggs from you he will probably still be a jerk to his animals.  I would suggest that you would be willing to test out the incubator if he supplies the new eggs for it.

You could then still meet your commitment to test out the incubator and not have any of your line of chicks used by this man.  

If he then wants to know why you won't supply eggs then you can explain your apprehensions about giving him any animals from your farm based on how he treated your animals when he visited.

breakaway1968 said...

Kelly I would feel the same way!  I know some people think...oh they are only chickens!  But to people like us who are IN LOVE with them it's a bit harder!  I picked lie to them LOL  I KNOW bad me but that's what I would do!  Did he say what he was doing with the chickens?  I forgot if you mentioned that.  Maybe ask to see where they are kept and HOW they are kept?  I don't envy you over THIS one!  Good luck!  

breakaway1968 said...

BTW I had a women who was interested in some of my older chicks from Ideal and she kept putting it off on coming to pick them up.  I thought long and hard and told Cory...you know, if it were ME i would have WANTED to go pick up the chickens...not make it into a "chore" that  you have to fit in.  So what I did was gave her a time line I KNEW she could not meet which was today.  I just didn't feel comfortable with her having my chickens.  NOW the egg lady who we get our eggs from is very nice so she is taking them!  I can see them whenever I want AND I seen her housing and her other chickens who all look very well taken care of.  THAT I feel good about!  She is also taking my other standard cochin...so now I have Steele and Baby cakes (your two I hatched out)  The other cochin that hatched I can also visit whenever I want and the young man who took her is a SWEET guy and SHE Is his favorite and she takes walks in the woods with him daily :)  I will send you a pic of her he's going to send one to me when he can get a camera.  

nelishianatl said...

Tell the truth.  Tell him, teach him that he's a jerk.  I'd say it right out loud I think.  I'm with telling him off.  He crossed the line when he was on your property the other day.  He may find a way to get more chickens but it won't be through you.

I wouldn't lie though.  Don't be scared of him.  He's a small man.


rdautumnsage said...

In this case I would back out and tell him why. People like these will never learn if someone doesn't stick up for the animals. I can't help but think of all the poor chickens they already have and what kind of life they will have. These people made me nervous thinking of them around animals. (Hugs)Indigo

plieck30 said...

I'm worried these people know you will be gone. Paula

justplainbill said...

I hit the last vote, I would never lie I would have told them flat out how you felt and see how they accepted. If I still felt the same way I would then tell them to pick up the incubator and keep their distance from your place and house, that you do not wish to interact with them any more. Bye, Bill

bojgill4375 said...

Hmmm Is there any way that you could tell him that you are just too busy, which you are very busy. Maybe you had a friend ask you to hatch hers. I wasn't too fond of the way he was treating the animal.. no common sense. Hope you figure out some way. Janie

vfetui said...

Hey Kelly,
I guess my advice would be something that my Dad always said when we were growing up...a man is only as good as his word.
So my vote is to do what you said you would do, then tell them that you won't be able to do it anymore.  That way you will not have to have any tussle with a guilty conscience, right?
Good luck with it!
Vicki in Birmingham

wwfbison said...

I wouldn't lie although I know telling them the truth could be uncomfortable and you don't want to make an enemy.  I always think about my animals in case a person is a whacko and wants to get to me through them.  Soooooo, I would say NO to giving them any now (they aren't fit to have them) and tell them you are no longer going to be giving/selling eggs for hatching to anyone.  Hopefully they will just go away and not come back.
Good luck,