Trying to Convince...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Bricheze, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. Bricheze

    Bricheze In the Brooder

    Jun 17, 2008
    So like I really want to save the roo from dieing at the farm I work at. I did a lot of research and my mom told me she would think about it earlier. When I tried to talk to her after she got home from work she totally wouldn't even listen to me! She just kept saying,"You need to learn that you can't save every animal." I'm like well I am already learning that (I have a market day lamb I'm raising to sell for slaughter in the fall)

    It's just that it wouldn't be that hard to take care of! Low maintenance right? I buy my food from the farm right? I have a bunny cage and an animal pen to hold him in until I make the coop and I can watch him graze in the yard until it's done, right? He's a good roo and he deserves a good life. I'm prepared to do that for him, she just won't listen, she just wants it to be a "Learning Experience" What am I gonna learn from letting a good roo die?
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I love roos.

    They are delicious!
  3. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Songster

    Jun 11, 2008
    N. West Michigan
    :eek: That's SOOOO not nice!!!

    I commend you on your wanting to save him and let him live out his "Golden years" in peace as a loved pet...

    My daughte is the same way (we call her Ellie Mae... like Beverlyhillbillies) because she is the same way... we live in a small house-- with a bunny, 3 dogs, 2 cats, and 13 chicks in a box in her bedroom!!!!!

    The Coop will be built soon- with more chicks and geese on the way.... and they are work.. but if you have the time and your own money (feed, feeder/waterer, coop, pen, meds if needed and pine shavings or straw) then I'm sure you can convince mom it'll be your responsibility..then once she see's how nice he can be, she'll like him too!!

  4. fowltemptress

    fowltemptress Frugal Fan Club President

    Jan 20, 2008
    I don't know . . . I'd feel bad keeping only one chicken, since they are flock creatures. I know people do it, but I can't see a solitary chicken being truly happy.
  5. Sparrow

    Sparrow Songster

    Apr 11, 2008
    I absolutely support your attempt to save him. I see no reason whatsoever for an animal who was not raised for food to be killed and/or eaten just for existing as he was created by God. Bring him home, build him a pen, and get him a girlfriend! Roosters, contrary to all-too-popular belief, can be very loving pets. They have their mo ments of bravado [​IMG] but I just love their personalities!
  6. supdude

    supdude In the Brooder

    Jun 13, 2008
    New Orleans, LA
    hey man, i think since you have everything you need like food housing and plans to build a coop, bring him home and see how long you can keep him a secret until your mom finds out then when she actually sees him it will be hard for her to make you send him for slaughter, i mean thats what i would do;)
  7. fowltemptress

    fowltemptress Frugal Fan Club President

    Jan 20, 2008
    Quote:Lol . . . growing up, I got away with having so many pets that way. I wouldn't recommend it for everyone, though.
  8. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    When I tried to talk to her after she got home from work she totally wouldn't even listen to me! She just kept saying,"You need to learn that you can't save every animal."

    You need to work on your timing! [​IMG]
    If you asked her immediately after she got home from work, she was probably really tired and stressed by the amount of work to get done around the house. She was likely thinking "Okay... gotta get dinner on the table, then do a couple loads of laundry, then clean the house, then get the kids ready for bed, then do..." Feel free to fill in the rest. Then you jump in and ask her to add one more thing to an already overflowing plate. No wonder she just said no.
    Perhaps wait until she's relaxed. After the chores are all done (which perhaps you had a BIG hand in doing for her), after dinner and dishes are done (do you know how to cook?), after she has had a chance to unwind. She will be a lot more receptive to your request if she is not overwhelmed and stressed. Trust me. I was a kid that collected pets too. It's all about the timing. Well, that and showing that you are willing to take on more responsibility around the house to make her life easier. Privledges and responsibility go hand in hand.

    Good luck!​
  9. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
    Keep working on her...but I do understand her point about learning a lesson. She wants you to understand that this is what happens in life in our soceity. Chickens get culled. It is a part of life and she want you to see and accept that so that next time it makes easier, maybe. She is afraid that if you try to save the world, you are going to be dissappointed at you inability to do so. MAking you see now that you cant, may make you less disappointed later.

    BUT..tell her, you dont want to save the world, just this roo. Besides, saving the world isnt really about saving ALL the animals, just doing what you can to save one at a time. If may seem like it doesnt make a difference, but it does to that rooster!!

    I worked in veterinary med for many years as a CVT (15, UGH) anyway, I always felt like muy job helped me leave my impression on the world. I didnt save every animal, oir chane the pet population, but I found homes for hundreds of cats, spayed and nuetered hundreds of feral cats-preventing more kittens, rehabbed squirrels, chipmunks, groundhogs, coon, and birds. I made a difference to everyone of them!!!! Working small makes a big impact on those aniamls you saved.

    If it doesnt work...SEND HIM TO ME! [​IMG]
  10. Rhett&SarahsMom

    Rhett&SarahsMom Songster

    May 8, 2008
    tell her "he followed me home"

    I got many a pet that way!

    Sadly. Since you are living under her roof. You probably truly have little say in how many and what kind of pets you can have. I was lucky, since my mom is a sap when it comes to animals. I am convinced her husband isnt aware of this fact though, even after being married as long as they have. Or he would already have a huge flock of chickens in the yard.

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