Monday, August 24, 2009


Rooster problem solved. Not by me, but by a fox or coyote. I did not see it, A saw and she said it ran off with his head. She wasn't sure what it was from the distance she was at. So, left with a very warm rooster carcass with no head, what was I gonna do but pluck some feathers and throw him in the crock pot? Henri Noodle Soup.

I must say I am a bit relieved to be done with rooster issues. I was just thinking earlier today about when I was going to say enough is enough with his aggressiveness? When my kid gets hurt? I could hope it was me he went after that made me decide it was time, but I could not guarantee that. It was too big a risk and I am glad I did not have to make that decision.

I am proud of Henri for doing his job so well. He protected the hens with his life and I will always be grateful to him for that. And I am proud of myself for jumping in and handling the butchering so matter of fact. I am grateful to Henri for allowing me the opportunity to practice a bit, floundering all the way. Now, I know I can do it.

I made sure the girls watched as I plucked and cut, at least a little bit. I reminded them that to waste the food would only add insult to injury. I am not sure they will actually eat the soup, but I can respect that, for now.

So, one more turn of the circle of life here on the farm. Goodbye, Henri. Rest in peace.

I know we will without the 6am crowing. But darn it, I am going to miss that sound.


TheOrganicSister said...

well at least the fox/coyote didn't take off with all of him. ;)


Stephanie said...

I wonder why it didn't make off with all of him. I'd prefer a rooster body over a rooster head any day.

RIP Henri.

aholds6842 said...

RIP Henri.. try Coronation or Light Sussex chickens next time. Even the roosters are friendly.