Lately, I’ve been reading up on one of my favorite and most interesting subjects — homesteading.
Mostly just research and wishful thinking about what I’ll do when the day comes that I can wake up, step outside, spend the day weeding and pruning and learning; as opposed to fighting through traffic, putting in the hours to support everybody else’s American dream, and then fighting through traffic — again.
Not to negate my love for my current job, and the absolutely amazing team of people I work with. But, open fields, simple off-grid living; and living a healthier, happier, closer-to-earth lifestyle is callin’ this ole’ grrl
At any rate, I’ve been making the rounds of some of my favorite blogs, and I came across this gem:
“We first started raising chickens with 6 hens. After a few months we decided to add a rooster to the flock, and we were given a big healthy rooster at a local 4H club meet. The rooster was an active mater and before long the hens looked ragged. They each had bald spots on the back of their heads and featherless patches on their backs. The birds became run down and agitated, constantly trying to run from the rooster. Their egg laying became sporadic.
The ideal rooster to hen ratio is around 1:12, depending on the nature of the rooster. Our rooster over-mated the flock and became so aggressive that he even challenged me when I walked into the chicken run. We couldn’t afford to double our flock to accommodate the rooster, and within a short while he was sent to the stew pot and peace was restored in the henhouse.” — eartheasy.com
For some odd reason, I found this funny.
Not just funny — downright hilarious!