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Post  landarch on 3/23/2013, 8:41 pm

amazing that it missed important parts...hoefully he settles in with a cup of hot tea and a Percoset.
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Post  Turan on 3/23/2013, 10:34 pm

I am relieved to hear he missed the tendons and stuff. Yikes....

I hope the chickens will appreciate their coop, seeing as it required a bit of flesh in the making Rolling Eyes

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Post  Goosegirl on 3/23/2013, 11:02 pm

YIKES!!! I've sewn my fingers a few times who?me? and I am trying to imagine what it would be like with a needle the size of that nail!

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Post  Triciasgarden on 3/23/2013, 11:47 pm

@cheyannarach wrote:He was just thankful he didn't nail it to the 2x4, he didn't want us to have to cut him off the board!

Now that would have been way too much to deal with Shocked !
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Post  Triciasgarden on 3/23/2013, 11:47 pm

@Goosegirl wrote:YIKES!!! I've sewn my fingers a few times who?me? and I am trying to imagine what it would be like with a needle the size of that nail!

affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid affraid

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Post  cheyannarach on 3/24/2013, 1:42 am

These darn chickens better appreciate it! He was in the city today and I was in the basement working out and our 4 year old "layed" on a couple chickens. I came up stairs ready to paint fingernails and I peeked at the chickens and two of them were dead. I called hubbs and he brought 4 more home but my question is....

I found the dead chickens and made my daughter look at them to see what she did! Wasn't sure if this is right but I felt she needed to see what she caused...

What would you have done?
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Post  hruten on 3/24/2013, 7:03 am

My son was 3 and he was rough housing. We have ferrets. He sat on one and she died. My husband was livid, so I got to make the teaching moment. We talked about alive and dead and then placed her in a shoebox. I had him help me dig the hole to bury her. It helped him to be more careful around people and animals that are smaller and more fragile than him. very sad It's just tough for us.
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Post  camprn on 3/24/2013, 7:17 am

A sad lesson for some, the mishandling of smaller creatures. Nice to see you back Hruten. Very Happy

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Post  llama momma on 3/24/2013, 7:20 am

When I was around 3 this budding animal lover was stopped while innocently playing choo-choo train with a box turtle on the sidewalk, sliding the turtle forward completely unaware of the bottom shell leaving bloody streaks behind me.... probably my first experience of horror and a guilt trip.
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Post  walshevak on 3/24/2013, 10:34 am

@cheyannarach wrote:These darn chickens better appreciate it! He was in the city today and I was in the basement working out and our 4 year old "layed" on a couple chickens. I came up stairs ready to paint fingernails and I peeked at the chickens and two of them were dead. I called hubbs and he brought 4 more home but my question is....

I found the dead chickens and made my daughter look at them to see what she did! Wasn't sure if this is right but I felt she needed to see what she caused...

What would you have done?

Yes, a teaching experience was appropriate. I hope you were better at it than my ex husband and made it a learning experience and not a guilt trip.

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Post  Turan on 3/24/2013, 12:18 pm

Once the puppy found out she could toss chicks in the air and that they were an incredibly fun toy and thus killed a dozen. Biz Nonna (great gramma) showed my toddlers and me how to pluck them and clean them. We ate them in stir fry. There was a lot of talk about what happened and how we felt so bad because the puppy did not know better and we had let it happen, not on purpose, but we forgot.....

Kids should be exposed to all the parts of the cycle of life in a matter of fact way from as early as they start to breath. You do not get more clear set of consequences to actions than a dead chick after you roll on it.

It is always hard because we are teaching both to empathize and recognize our place as eaters of chicks. The two work together, but it can be a hard balance and requires parents to keep a level head.

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Post  cheyannarach on 3/24/2013, 2:03 pm

Well that makes me feel better, I was torn but I thought it was the right thing to do and she doesn't seem traumatized. Hubby brought home 4 new bantam chicks and some chicken wire to cover the top of the bin.

We decided to wait on the broilers until the coop was done because they grow so fast and we have 22 chickens now but it looks like I accidentally bought 1 cornish cross that the kids have named sunshine. I feel bad for him, I can't even keep him because he'll die anyways. It is crazy how fast the grow. I wonder what the kids are going to think when we have sunshine for dinner Shocked
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Post  Turan on 3/24/2013, 3:02 pm

Don't make a big deal about it. If you hide it they will feel betrayed and think there is something wrong with eating chickens they raised.

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Post  camprn on 3/24/2013, 3:58 pm

@cheyannarach wrote: I wonder what the kids are going to think when we have sunshine for dinner Shocked
Give him the best living ever and he will be happy and healthy, though his life shall be brief. The important thing is to treat the creatures well.

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Post  RoOsTeR on 3/24/2013, 4:11 pm

@camprn wrote:
@cheyannarach wrote: I wonder what the kids are going to think when we have sunshine for dinner Shocked
Give him the best living ever and he will be happy and healthy, though his life shall be brief. The important thing is to treat the creatures well.

There's a huge disconnect these days of where food comes from. There's absolutely nothing wrong with teaching kids how to raise their own food if you ask me.

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Post  Turan on 3/24/2013, 4:25 pm

@RoOsTeR wrote:
@camprn wrote:
@cheyannarach wrote: I wonder what the kids are going to think when we have sunshine for dinner Shocked
Give him the best living ever and he will be happy and healthy, though his life shall be brief. The important thing is to treat the creatures well.

There's a huge disconnect these days of where food comes from. There's absolutely nothing wrong with teaching kids how to raise their own food if you ask me.

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Post  Triciasgarden on 3/24/2013, 6:49 pm

Cheyenne I think you handled the situatuation exactly right! Everyone needs to learn the consequences of their actions. It was not on purpose that she killed them. It's hard being a parent!
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Post  plantoid on 3/24/2013, 9:13 pm

@cheyannarach wrote:These darn chickens better appreciate it! He was in the city today and I was in the basement working out and our 4 year old "layed" on a couple chickens. I came up stairs ready to paint fingernails and I peeked at the chickens and two of them were dead. I called hubbs and he brought 4 more home but my question is....

I found the dead chickens and made my daughter look at them to see what she did! Wasn't sure if this is right but I felt she needed to see what she caused...

What would you have done?

I'd have done exactly as you did & then shown her how to make roast chicken for lunch and frozen what was left over ??? Laughing
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Post  johnsonjlj on 3/24/2013, 10:34 pm

When our kids were young their grandfather bought a calf. Over the next year or so they helped feed "Dude" and played with him. When the day came for him to go to the butcher, they even helped load him up. Every time we ate anything made from beef, they would comment, "Good job, Dude!" They always knew that he would eventually wind up on the dinner table and they were fine with it. Don't try to hide it and they'll be fine. I'm a teacher and see kids throw away tons of food every day. My kids know that if there's meat for dinner, an animal gave its life for that meal. When we work to grow our own vegetables, plant the seeds, nurture it for months and baby it until it produces for us, kids appreciate it more.
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Post  cheyannarach on 3/25/2013, 10:45 am

Thanks everybody! We haven't had any incidents for a few days now! When I got up this morning there was a chick on top of the waterer! They are starting to try flying.

I love the dude story, Judi.

I think the kids will be okay with eating the chickens, being so young are raised with it will be good for them. My husband was raised on a farm so he knows all about it. I think I will have the hardest time with it, lol, I get attached to animals... I was not raised around that, we never hunted or fished either! So I am probably making a bigger deal out of it than they will. Rolling Eyes

Also it's funny to throw them in a few pieces of bread, whoever ends up with them picks it up and start running like crazy while the others chase them and try to steal it!
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