Country Living Series

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A real man

I'm so thankful for my husband.

In cleaning out Matilda's pen this afternoon, I noticed three of our young roosters inside. This isn't anything unusual, Matilda's pen is a common hangout for the chickens during the day.

As I started raking up the mess, the roosters started moving out... except for one young fellow who clearly had a broken leg. I leaned the rake against the wall, poked my head in the house and said, "Honey, do you mind doing a dirty job?"

I explained about the broken leg and my husband reached for his .22 and put the rooster out of his misery without hesitation.


Don isn't a hunter, but he's a Real Man and does what needs to be done, without flinching, when it needs doing.

I'm so thankful for my husband.

9 comments:

  1. Well, that and spiders too. ;-)

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  2. You do what you have to in situations like these, no matter how sad....

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  3. I'm guessing roosters are too big and tough to reliably and humanely do the neck snap?

    Jeff - Tucson

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  4. One year, both my husband and my brother that lived very close were working overseas. I was holding down the fort, raising the kids, going to work, doing what had to be done like many others. It was all doable and I felt very confident in my abilities until one night while helping my teenage daughter clean out the horses' stalls, I realized if the worst happened to one of our four legged ladies, I would be the one required to end their suffering. It was a very disquieting moment and the next day after work, I stopped by the vet's and asked a trusted large animal vet what caliber and where to put it, should the need arise. It was somewhat calming to know how, but I certainly hoped it never would come to it, that I would have to be the one. Hubby wouldn't like to do it, either, but he'd do it, if only to keep me from having to do so.

    Real men are like that. And like you, I'm so very thankful for real men.

    sidetracksusie

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  5. wheres the dinner pic?

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  6. Hunh. I keep popsickle sticks on hand for splinting the poultry, paint stirring sticks for splinting the sheep when they get broken legs. A little cotton wrapping first for cushioning, then the splints, vet wrap, and duct tape over the top. Works real well.

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  7. I am thankful for my Real Man, too. :)

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