Wednesday, June 25, 2008

One life ends and a new life begins

One Monday our layers laid their first egg, it was an exciting moment. I had estimated that they would start laying mid June so they were not too far off.
John hurried up and made some nesting boxes and today we had 3 eggs. I was questioning if I might have a little OCD, I checked their boxes 4 times today and would have done it more but my not so manic side was telling me to get a grip.

We have boxes on both sides of their little house.

Last night John slaughtered 9 of the 24 meat birds. It took him 2 hours and saved us about $30.
The kids watched him do a couple of the birds and they were ok with it. I was impressed! I think it is important that they know where the food they are eating is coming from. Those birds had good lives in the fresh air, grazing on green grass with an endless supply of fresh water and feed with shelter to protect them from the weather. A life nothing like that of a store bought chicken.

Not only at home do I see the cycle of life ending and new beginnings but at work. In the ER we try to avoid seeing life begin by catching a quick elevator up to OB with the laboring Momma but times of death are not an uncommon event. The last shift I worked my day began by helping another nurse do PM (post-mortem) care and then put this middle-aged individual into that infamous white bag. Every time I have to do this I always say out loud or to myself, isn't this sad how we all end, in the hands of people that don't know you, do not know your story in life, and then into that damn white bag and off to some cold room, then for a ride in a long black car to be prepped for display, then into the ground.
Just doesn't seem right! I'm thinking I'd like to be towed off like Grampa did in the movie "Little Miss Sunshine". Bust me out of the hospital and place me in the back of the van, bring me to be cremated and then bring me right back to the farm and stash my remains below a garden in my memory.
Sound good, I think so. I hope it is not for a while though because I have way too much to do, hee, hee. I will not be in blog world until next week we are packing and headed up North camping. Have a great weekend all!


YD, sometimes with ♥June and ♥Angel Samantha said...

Enjoy your camping trip!

Danni said...

I don't think you're OCD at all - what an exciting moment, finding those first eggs...I'm going to be totally like you, once my girls begin to lay - I'll be out there checking every 10 minutes! lol
How old are your new layers? I got mine the first week of March, so I'm figuring currently on the first part of August for mine to start laying - what do you think?

Have fun camping!

PIE said...

I totally want to go like grandpa (great movie.) And I have given strict instructions that there shall be an awesome ho-down with live music and dancing...I want to be in this world making people smile, and leaving this world making people smile!

Have fun camping. I am jealous, we went to Sebec lake last year, but no such big trips this year, too much family coming to the "Vacation State" be good!

Amy said...

Lucky you! Fresh eggs to eat! My girls have another month to go at least. How old are yours? I want to be cremated too, and the idea of being buried in a garden in my memory sounds perfect.

Mandie said...

Congratulations on the eggs!! I think our eggs will come in August?? But we will see. Have fun on your camping trip! We are headed home for a week, can't wait.

Don said...

When mine start laying in August or September, I will definitely be checking constantly. I think they start laying between 18 and 22 weeks.

Now that they are laying you are going away!? You'll be thinking about fresh eggs while you are camping and having breakfast!

I just had my 25 meat birds butchered by the Amish. That was nice not to have to go through all of that. Your hubby is the man!

Paula said...

That's great that your kids were o.k. with the slaughter of the birds.... They need to understand where their food comes from, don't they!