A Natural Rooster

A couple of weeks ago I killed a rooster.  Because they fight and are too hard on the hens if we have more than two, if a chick grows up to be a rooster, he eventually becomes food for us.

I’ve blogged often about how much I hate that part of farm life so I’ll spare y’all another post about how unpleasant it is to kill animals.  Instead I was thinking this morning about that bird’s life leading up to the day I killed him.

The rooster I killed was hatched on our farm, from an egg laid on our farm, which was fertilized by a rooster on our farm.  A healthy free-ranging hen sat on the clutch of eggs until they hatched.  We don’t own an incubator.
 
The rooster was a natural breed (Rhode Island Red), capable of reproducing.  It took him much longer than 10 weeks to reach maturity and when he did he didn’t have a grotesquely oversized breast.  He was free-ranging.  He ate a natural diet and was able to flap his wings and crow.  He will taste like chickens are supposed to taste.
 
These things are extremely rare on farms these days.
 
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