the romantic life of chickens

@jb78000 (15173)
November 18, 2009 9:51am CST
when i was growing up my parents decided to get some chickens. they didn't know very much about them, in particular what happens when you get two roosters and a handful of hens and put them in a run. very quickly one of the roosters ended up as dinner - the bloodshed and violence before he was dealt with was extraordinary. the cockerel left was however a very sweetnatured bird when he didn't have to deal with competition. they all ended up being free range and he would go looking for various revolting things to give to the hens but was best friends with just one. they would go on long romantic walks together round the garden looking for slugs. when this hen died (it isn't necessarily a very good idea to have completely free range chickens when foxes regularly visit) he was listless for weeks. so have you ever been surprised by how much animals appear to feel for each other or miss a friend who dies?
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@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
18 Nov 09
It does not surprise me to hear this story. Chickens are not the most intelligent creatures on this earth, but it does go to show that they have feelings just like we do. Knowing that they have these feelings makes it even sadder to think of the way that chickens are treated in those big sheds that have them locked in cages their whole lives. They are treated so cruelly the poor little things, which is why I will never again buy cage eggs or eat chicken!
@jb78000 (15173)
19 Nov 09
there's a psychological quirk that means it is easier to eat, and certainly easier to maltreat, animals if you think of them as not being sentient. i'm vegetarian (and the one thing i do pay extra for is freerange eggs) but never have a go at people for eating meat, however i think the animals you eat should be treated with some respect - we have a responsibilty to at least ensure they have an ok life before they are killed.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
19 Nov 09
I eat a mainly Raw Vegan diet and dislike labelling myself and am not fanatical about my diet, but if I was to label myself, I would be classed as vegetarian also as do not eat meat or dairy, but I occasionally have eggs. We have some friends who have chickens, so we sometimes get eggs from them or we get them from the organic farmers markets that we visit each week. When I get some land, I plan to have chickens as I am into permaculture and they will fit in well with my garden plans!
@jb78000 (15173)
19 Nov 09
you should get chickens - they can be fun as well as supplying eggs. i have yet another chicken story that has to be shared. i lived in south american for a few years and went out with a mr me whose parents had a fruit farm and also plenty of chickens. they were definitely not pets, and frequently ended up as lunch, but were extremely tame and generally well treated (although they had more than one rooster, and these poor sods were well battle scarred). some of the half grown ones would follow you around and if you sat would half flap half jump to sit in your lap. thought this was very cute, at least to start with.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
20 Nov 09
I have two cats that have been living together for the past six years although they have not grown up together. They always seem to be not particularly close and generally just tolerated each other. For the last few weeks I have had to separate them because one of them is quite sick and on special food which I don’t want the other one to eat. Since they’ve been apart they have been very despondent especially the one who is not sick, she appears at a loss and stands by the door that separates them looking sad; it’s quite remarkable actually.
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@MsTickle (24993)
• Australia
20 Nov 09
That is remarkable Paula. It made me think that even though we ascribe certain personalities to cats, they are human personalities where as cats have their own special cat type personalities
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@jb78000 (15173)
20 Nov 09
someone said something about a dog and a cat that didn't appear to like each other until the cat was dying earlier. your story is a remarkable one and i think also shows that the emotional attachments of animals aren't always very obvious. i hope your sick cat will be ok and they get back together soon.
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@JodiLynn (1417)
• United States
18 Nov 09
Nickademus, my black mustang (horse) mourned heavily after his lady hoss, Karma past away (ok, the vet did it, and it took forever, costed a bundle and sucked in general) He could not be consoled...I had been sitting on the steps with his head in my lap and had to pee, so I went in the basement door into the family room bathroom, sat down and when I looked up, Nick had followed me inside, through the garage and laundry room, into the house! Luckily, about that same time, I got a call from the horse rescue who said they had an elderly equine to be Nick's new friend, available immediately. Husband went to retrieve Homer (AKA The Lil red rocket).When Homer went, it was equally sad, but he had 35+ years, and Nick wasn't in horse love with him, again he mourned, not as bad as the first time, but this time we had a few days before he got a new pasture mate. Francis, our aged brown quarter horse came with my pal's farm in NJ when he bought it, he didn't need a feed bag and I needed a companion horse. Now, a 6 yr old rides them every now and again, all are happy.
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@jb78000 (15173)
18 Nov 09
oh, poor nickademus, that is very sad. some animals have to have companions and it is awful when one of them goes. nice to know he has another new one now.
@JodiLynn (1417)
• United States
18 Nov 09
After this old guy goes, we're gettin a goat. Easier to clean up after and a permanent garbage disposal, win win.
@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
18 Nov 09
Animals do bond with one another. What fascinates me is when one species bonds with another...as in cat/dog bonding. I have several cats...and two dogs. They all sleep together, eat together and play together.
@JodiLynn (1417)
• United States
18 Nov 09
www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE-NytBmi8 you'll love this video!
@JodiLynn (1417)
• United States
18 Nov 09
www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE-NytBmi8
@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
18 Nov 09
I'd love to see them but the links won't work...try again?
• United States
20 Dec 09
I haven't been around enough animals to notice their behavior towards one another, but it's an interesting thought. Many believe that animals don't have emotions and feelings, but I always thought that they did. It's very sweet.
@jb78000 (15173)
20 Dec 09
they definitely do, including the ones you don't think are really that bright
• United States
20 Dec 09
We recently had two new puppies and they became close. Unfortunately we had to give one back because he had a bacterial infection and we could not afford the medication to treat him. The one that we kept seemed very sad for a little bit. I'm glad to say that both dogs are fine now.
• United States
19 Nov 09
Our Shih Tzu, who happily bossed our Scottish terrier around for the two years we had him, passed away at age thirteen. He was buried in our flower bed, complete with a grave marker and pots of flowers. Mr. Scotty goes to visit the grave every time he goes out the front door to do his business. He stands quietly looking at the last place he saw his friend. I am looking for a new buddy for him, but cannot afford the price at the humane shelters, since it seems to run about $200 every time I save a pet. With my husband's illness, even with insurance, money seems to fly out of our hands and into the pharmaceutical and medical realms. Since his friend's passing, Mr. Scotty has become my husband's protector, sleeping at the foot of his master's wheelchair or bringing his pull toy to help my husband exercise his one good arm. I think animals do not have the short memories we insist they have. Otherwise, Mr. Scotty would have forgotten Little Guy by now.
@jb78000 (15173)
20 Nov 09
i don't think they do either - we are good at underestimating them. it is a shame you cannot adopt a new friend for him. when you say the price of the humane shelters do you mean what they charge you or later vets bills? i think if the former you could probably come to some kind of arrangement - there are always more animals needing homes than there are good homes to take them.
@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
19 Nov 09
That's a bitter-sweet story, Judith. I think humans have compassion, just like humans too and feelings of missing that other better half or something happens to humans and animals. This thing called love and attraction; a really powerful thing. I've never seen animals like that, but I really feel for the little kitten just being born and then the mom is gone to look for food and when she comes back, the little kitten's missing.
@jb78000 (15173)
19 Nov 09
hi zed, missed this box earlier - it is sad when you see animals like this
@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
20 Nov 09
It's alright, Judith..
@Louc74 (620)
19 Nov 09
Hi Jb. My little cat, Poppy, had a litter a few years ago, and one of the babies, when she was just a week old, wasn't feeding, and was just crying, poor wee mite. So I took her to the vet, thinking maybe she had a little bug and he would give me some antibiotics, but he told me her stomach hadn't developed properly and he had to put her to sleep. I didn't take her in the cat box, because she was so tiny - I took her in a padded bag, further padded with towels, and when I brought it back into the house, Poppy watched me expectantly, waiting for me to produce her baby. So I gave her a cuddle, but of course, she was into the bag, rooting around for her wee one, then looking at me and crying "where's my baby?". It was dreadful, poor wee soul. She was like that even after I put the bag away - into the cupboard and pulling it back out, then going inside it. She had two others to look after, so she did recover, but yeah, she did feel it.
@Louc74 (620)
19 Nov 09
Sorry, I know it isn't romantic attachment, it was just what came to mind! Lol!
@jb78000 (15173)
19 Nov 09
it's ok, wasn't just asking about the love life of chickens. poor kitty .
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
18 Nov 09
I'm pretty sure Tiger is missing Sunny (they were litter mates). But chickens? Interesting...
@jb78000 (15173)
18 Nov 09
what are tiger and sunny?
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
18 Nov 09
Sunny's my cat that got out last week and hasn't come home. Tiger's his litter mate...
@MsTickle (24993)
• Australia
20 Nov 09
What a beaut story. I've never had an animal pass and be missed by the remaining one. All my pets have been too self centered it seems. Although there was a puppy I rescued then handed over to my daughter. While I was minding him, he and my cat got along famously, they had the best times together. Several months later when my girls came for their next visit they brought him back...it took him about 15 minutes to get his bearings after an eight hour car trip...he came barrelling in through the front door with no hesitation and he anmd my cat picked up where they left off. He was only a couple of months old maybe when I rescued him. He left me about 3 weeks later and he returned about 4 months later. Such a clever little boy. It's been about 8 months since they've been here and they will be back at Christmas so it will be interesting to se if these two are still interested in each other
@jb78000 (15173)
20 Nov 09
keep us updated. you dog was just a little puppy so interesting to see what he remembers.
@domenyag (1273)
• Philippines
19 Nov 09
that was a cool real romantic!
@jb78000 (15173)
19 Nov 09
@xzvzion (134)
• Singapore
19 Nov 09
I agree with you, animals that are good to be eaten are unlucky. And now I'm getting hungry for some fried chicken!
@jb78000 (15173)
19 Nov 09
enjoy your dinner but i hope they are freerange chickens you are planning to guzzle!
• China
19 Nov 09
So, we must treasure the immediate possession ,or later you will feel regret,unfortunately, things like the world's peace.
@jb78000 (15173)
19 Nov 09
i suppose this is relevant. live in the present, even if you are a chicken then.