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Hello from Oklahoma

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by subhanalah, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. subhanalah

    subhanalah Overrun With Chickens

    I am new to poultry keeping and very excited to be here. I've been reading the forum here for a year (or two) but only recently joined.
    Here's my story:
    Last year I started breeding meat rabbits. I also wanted to get some cute runner ducks but DH said no.
    Over the summer, right after dawn, my husband and I were leaving our place of worship driving home. On the on ramp to the interstate there was a goose running in and out of traffic! His/her buddy was stuck on the other side of the guard rail (aka. The safe side, the grassy shoulder.)
    I screamed for my husband to pull over and I tried to get the goose to go over the guard rail or past it away from traffic. These were two Canadian geese btw. My husband was in the car trying to help me corral the bird but he honked the horn and the goose took a sharp left into the interstate across four lanes of traffic. I tried to get my husband to cut the car across traffic so I could grab the bird. He was hit by many cars and I'm still plagued by the images of him flapping off the ground as cars hit him. *cries*
    Whenever he'd get a bit of speed he'd try to fly but could only get about 2 or 3 feet off the ground. I suspected they were domesticated and believe now they may have been pinioned since he flew in a straight line and not in a circle indicative of wing clipping.
    I cried and cried for this goose.
    Did I mention that a state trooper drove by and was going to pull us over until he saw me with the goose and I guess he lost interest.
    Unfortunately it was during morning rush hour traffic and I couldn't get to the injured bird. I was actually going to take it to a vet or if too injured, euthanize it. It was such a violent death and I'm still quite traumatized by it. I wouldn't let my husband leave until it was surely dead or a break in traffic came. Unfortunately, it was the former.
    Anyway, so here I am. I'm thinking of getting some barred rock hens for my backyard, but probably just going to stick with some ducks.
    It's good to be here and I look forward to reading everyone's posts.
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  3. gander007

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  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    I am so sorry for your trauma. I have done the exact same thing, trying to save ravens that feed on road kill in the roads around here. I once witnessed a male raven get hit by a car while his mate watched from the side of the road. The traffic was far to heavy for me to intervene as he laid there struggling to survive. Meanwhile his mate paced at the side of the road, screaming for him. She stayed at the side of the road long after he passed on. She was very confused for a very long time. I could feel her pain. Eventually I was able to retrieve his body. But I did not leave it nearby, not wanting her to mourn even more for her loss. I had nightmares for weeks over it. I couldn't even drive past this point in the road for a long time, bringing back all the memories.

    So I know how you feel. I hope your heart can heal soon. [​IMG]
     
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  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about what you witnessed with that poor goose, don't know why driving turns some people into heartless idiots. Good luck with whatever chickens or ducks you decide to get this spring.
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.
     
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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  9. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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