Saturday, July 11, 2009

Doomsday....and a Fight

Today is the day. Today is DOOMSDAY here at the compound. Our sad, sad chickens are meeting the hatchet man. My BIL had someone he knows come over to help out with the process. Imagine being the hatchet man to 12 chickens. I shudder to think.

My 8 year old, as it turns out, WAS the hatchet man. Luke got to experience killing a chicken first hand. He helped catch, kill, and de-feather the birds. The only thing he didn't do is clean them. Mike's friend gutted and cleaned them. Luke handled it like a trooper. He is very proud of himself, as am I.

My intentions for Trevor and Adam was to keep them in the house while the chickens were being "processed", but I failed. Trevor was all consumed with watching his big brother BE the hatchet man. I grew weary of literally fighting with him that I became one of those know the ones who cave so they don't have to hear the crying, screaming, name calling, etc. He even locked me out of the house so that he could watch from the kitchen. He is a sensitive one and I fear that tonight I will pay the price for letting him get his way. I fear that I will wake to a traumatized boy who cries out from a bad dream. Adam found it to be "no big deal." He is very laid back and doesn't get worked up about things like Trevor does. I don't think I have to worry too much about him having bad dreams. I guess tonight will be the test for all 3 of them.

All in all, everything went smoothly. Two of the chickens are going to be live food for a burmese python, one rooster was saved at Trevor's request, and the other 12 are either in my freezer or going home with my BIL's friend who helped make this happen. I am just happy to say it is over. Now we can clean the coop, lay down fresh shavings, and wait patiently for the arrival of our new flock of birds.


blueviolet said...

He looks pretty calm in the picture!

Christina said...

OMG... I can't believe he locked you out of the house! I'm curious... did he point and laugh at you when you started knocking and telling him to unlock the door? Mine would have... then they probably run & hide.

Julia said...

New chickens come on over!!!!

Little Miss Baker said...

oh wow!! that poor thing haha but what a brave soul! Now onto the goodies :)

White Chocolate Cream Cheese
6 ounces white chocolate, melted and cooled slightly.
1/2 cup butter
1 package cream cheese
2-3 cups icing sugar
1 tea vanilla

Beat the cream cheese until fluffy and then pour in the melted chocolate. Continue to beat then add in the butter. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth :) Happy Baking!

Aunt Spicy said...

my mom tells this great story of watching her Grandmother kill chickens for dinner...her recounting is hilarious, and she still eats chicken!

the ungourmet said...

Wow! Brave boy! My kids would have been bawling!

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

I think my son would have enjoyed this a little tooooo much.

Hope the boys slept well. :)

Grand Pooba said...

Oh geez, I couldn't handle seeing that! Gives me the chills just thinking about it.

Then I would cry every time chicken was served for dinner.

piecemeal people said...

Wow. Hatchet Man up there looks very...unaffected by his task. A bit of a bad *ss, actually!

Thanks for stopping by my blog last week!

Sally's World said...

brave, i couldn't a done it!

Frogs in my formula said...

How did Trevor do?

That is some blue LOL.

My dad grew up on a farm and killed his fair share of chickens as a kid. It's how they put food on the table. I'm not sure I could do it!

Debbie said...

I am so impressed that your son did that! Incredible.

Rachel said...

Yikes! I take back everything I said about wanting to live on a farm!

So how did it go? Any bad dreams???