"United we bargain, divided we beg."

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Great Hen Giveaway (It's Not His Fault)

It's not hard to tell roosters from hens, not when they are full grown. Here; I'll show you.
This is a hen. Hens are female. They lay eggs.

This, on the other hand, is a rooster. The rooster is easily recognized by his many colors, his long feathers and his large red crest.

We had too many roosters - eight, which is six more than we needed. I advertised six free roosters on Craigslist. A man called, and I told him to come pick them up after dark, when they would be easy to catch. As it turned out, I was at the grocery store when he showed up, so my husband caught the roosters and gave them to the man.

Can you guess where this is going?

This morning, I counted the roosters we had left. Four. That means that my husband gave away three roosters and three hens. We still have too many roosters, and now we have three fewer healthy young hens.

True - it was dark. That's true. I'm just going to keep repeating that to myself. And ask the next Craigslist guy to call me personally before he shows up.


Olive said...

That sounds so funny...but at the same time sad. Something like that would happen around here if I was the one doing the catching.

Jennifer said...

I can totally see my husband doing that! Well...the guy from craigs list was probably happy for the free hens. Guess that probably doesn't help. I have heard worse cases of farm animal gender mix-ups though. We had a lady come out to look at goats to buy and when she saw our big, rutty Boer buck she exclaimed.."Wow, look at the udder on her..I bet she gives a lot of milk!". LOL.