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So I told Paul he had to kill J-Lo, but that I'd be there with him when he did it, for support. Well, that didn't last long at all. We locked the dogs on the deck and took J-Lo down to the garage in a box and when Paul took her out, I burst out crying like a complete twat. Not crying-crying. No, full on, gasping for air crying. Loser. Went inside and out to the back deck. Paul tells me he has tried to snap her neck, but she just said "tweet" and was ok again after he tried to snap her neck. I.e. alive. Well HELLO! So after a spray of words (on my part), he did the deed with the axe, which took the head off in one hit. Then he freaked out because she was flapping around, and the body fell on the ground. Lovely. Just lovely. She's resting in the freezer of the beer fridge, until bin day.

I never thought I'd get attached to a chicken, but she was the only one out of these little bastards, that had any manners. She was the only one who officially had a name! We can't tell the others apart, and they're all angry and rude and have redneck names like Billy-Bob and Clancy.

Next time, I think I'll call my neighbour over. He's from a farming background and I think he might have slightly larger balls than Paul.

I think I just burned 900 calories. At least.

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Comment by Florence on January 27, 2010 at 21:59
I am sorry for your lost, it's a difficult decision to make and gets harder as you spend more time with them. Makes me think of my crippled chook which my family do not have agreement on ...
Comment by Vanessa Collier on January 26, 2010 at 7:32
Hi lotte, sorry it was so hard for you having to put down J-Lo. If you ever need a hand with it again (which hopefully you won't!) my husband grew up farming out west so he's done the deed before.
Comment by Lotte on January 25, 2010 at 20:41
Thanks guys, I feel much better today. Mick, I bet that will be etched into your son's mind forever!

I'm not sure what I'll do once laying ceases, especially as you are only allowed 6 in Bris Vegas. Having said that, I couldn't give a toss about that and will have as many as I please :-)
Comment by Donna on January 25, 2010 at 15:28
I feel for you Lotte, when our dog got the chicken I was a complete mess and hysterical... it was quite funny Jekyl & Hyde moment as outside I was freaking, then come inside to 3yo and say 'everything is fine' go outside and starting crying again (3yo was in the bath at the time).

I don't think either hubby or I could actually do the deed ourselves - ours will have to die of old age or be put down by a vet... unless we just leave it out with the dog maybe...

Ours are definitely pets, the eggs will be a bonus but we won't be killing them when they stop laying - one of the reasons we went for pure breds as they tend to lay over a longer period - so even at 5yo might get a couple of eggs a week.

Having no experience with chooks myself, I have heard that they settle down a lot after starting to lay eggs... mind you ours aren't nasty - they just don't let you pick them up, unless you chase them or it is night time.
Comment by Addy on January 25, 2010 at 14:33
This is why, although I'd love to collect eggs and have free manure, we haven't got chooks! Can't bear the thought of sending them to the executioner when they stop laying, which is what a friend does, every 2 years...

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