ANyone else have heart pangs after giving away some of their chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by McGoo, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    I feel so badly about giving away a few of my birds even though they've gone to good homes and I suspect they will live happy chicken lives. Anyone else ever feel this way... or maybe I'm just too sensitive? It's really not easy from where I sit. [​IMG]
  2. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    You sound perfectly normal to me! [​IMG]

    I just adopted out some ducklings and while I know they are going to be in a good safe home, part of me is sad to see them go.
  3. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    Are you kidding? I even the get the address of where they are going if they are people I don't know and I check up on them! I tell them they have a 100% return guarantee, you can't keep them send them home before you give them to someone else. I practically kiss them goodbye and give them stationary to write home on. It KILLS me to see them go!
  4. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    I have several little cockerels (some about 11 weeks and some 3 weeks) and while I KNOW I can't keep them, it kills me to think of getting rid of them. Especially the 3 week olds as I hatched these out.....I guess I feel like I truly am "mom". Yeah, you are perfectly normal. [​IMG]
  5. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    OH YES! I cry every time! I only give them away to people that will promise to send pics. I gave away a cochin that I hatched out myself and I STILL miss it! But I know it will be fine and the young man who took him/her will love it! AND send me pics too [​IMG] Hope you feel better...I know it's hard :aww
  6. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Oh yea...definately...I feel like a traitor to them!! When I call them, they come running to " momma " and I grqab them up and have to stuff them in a gage/box?? I feel ike such a heel! I know they are going to be ok....but still... [​IMG]
  7. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Okay here it comes, the other side of the coin.

    I don't get teary eyed. If they're going, theyre going.
    That's all.

    I know I sound like a heartless SOB, but really, I don't feel emotional over this. I don't get so attached. I like them, I care for them, I steward them. In many ways, they have it better with me than most.

    But if they gotta go, they gotta go.
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    I care for them while they are here but the ones I send on their way I try not to get attached to. I do feel a few little pangs and the sense of 'why not just keep the little poop machines' but it passes. The ones I am attached too are still in the barn.
  9. joebryant

    joebryant Crowing

    Nope, it doesn't bother me in the least. I incubated and hatched 15 blue Orpington X blue Orpington chicks. After a week, I gave away the five splashes. This week I bought a trio of silkies, blue hen, black hen, blue rooster. I kept the beautiful blue hen for my wife and gave away the black hen (gorgeous breeder quality) and the non-stop-(drove me nuts)-crowing rooster (show quality). They all went to a good home, and I did not need them.
  10. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    Thanks all for your support.

    I've checked in on those that I've given away and they are all doing well. I will try to move on, but don't know about hatching out anymore any time soon.

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