chickens can be precious friends. my brother once worked on a model farm where I visited and the chickens wanted to sit on our knees and be petted so I can see they have their own personalities and can be fond of us too.
Each and every one of the chickens I have had have had unique personalities. Some are clever than others, some are friendlier but all are unique and individual. Hence me no longer being able to eat them. You don't eat your friends ... or your enemies for that matter haha ;-)
My daughter is hoping to get 3 ex battery hens when she installs a hen house and run. Her boys 10 &12 are really looking forward to it.
It will be rewarding for them and for the chickens. Ex-batts are usually the friendliest birds ever. They have been starved of so much for all their lives they just want to be friends and to learn how to be a 'proper' chicken.
I keep rereading though old 'Our New Life in the Country' posts as there a few people reading through all the old posts again. It seems like a lifetime ago!!Yes, it's going to be completely different, I'm really looking forward to a fresh new start :-)
Self love is important and something I find really difficult sometimes. You'll have to give me some pointers Sue!
Well you've been super busy at work just recently ... for which so many of us thank you. Now you have to start by giving yourself special little moments to reconnect with yourself again 💕
Thanks so much for the encouragement!
I do agree about chickens - I really miss them now I have moved away from the farm.
They are more special than many people realise.
We've never lived anywhere except close to the central of our capital city, so hens are a mystery to me. I do care about their welfare and its 30 years since I bought anything other than free-range meat (chicken and pork, all our lamb and beef is FR). My son was about 8 and there was concern about the antibiotics and hormones being fed to chickens and thus getting into the food chain. I was horrified and decided that less meat, more humanely produced was worth insisting on. I'm not sure what it's like in the UK, but here in Wellington all the restaurants we frequent use only FR meat products. A step in the right direction Sue, even if not as far as you'd like to see us!
I understand what you are saying, but the one thing about free range chickens, grain fed pigs, grass grazed beef etc etc is that no matter how happy and humane their lives are, at the end they all meet on the same terrifying kill floor, in the same slaughter house and are killed in exactly the same way ☹️Not trying to upset you or preach but that's just one of the reasons I don't eat meat. I really don't expect my readers to be the same as me, and every step in the right direction is one step forward 😃
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