The Chicken Murder…

Feral chickens in Ybor

Feral chickens in Ybor

It’s Friday, the global market is falling apart so let’s have a laugh and get down to basics. As soon as Teddy got his job offer, I raced to the internet to book a short trip before he started work. It had to be somewhere hot, not raining and preferably with wildlife – so Tampa it was. In the next week I will give you a step-by-step tour but I just want to share this story.

We went to the old town of Ybor in the center of Tampa to look at the architecture and museum. I noticed all the chickens on porches of houses and businesses. It reminded me of Key West where you are not permitted to harm them. After we spoke to the museum ranger, she confirmed that it was much the same in Ybor. When the Cuban immigrants moved here they brought the practice of cock-fighting, so they banned any mistreatment of the chickens. Now they are feral, like pigeons, but much prettier.

The ranger went on to tell us that she was leading a party of museum guests (including children) when they heard a blood-curdling scream from outside. They all ran out to see a red tailed hawk blissfully eating his lunch (a young chicken) in the tree with blood dripping down into the courtyard. The city folks were traumatized but I almost fell on the floor laughing. It would have been a perfect opportunity to show that chicken nuggets don’t come that way and that the cute little baby hawks need to be fed, too.

On a more serious note, I am quite knowledgeable about animal husbandry both from living on a farm, having grandparents who were farmers and working in animal sanctuaries. I rarely eat meat and always try to eat happy meat. In Scotland, our butcher used to accompany all his animals to the slaughterhouse and then brought them back. On the chalkboard would be listed which animal you were eating today. This is why you should give thanks for every animal that has died to feed you. It was much the same in Egypt. One day you are living on the farm, next day you go for a little trip, someone chooses you and snap you are in chicken heaven. That is a much better life than most first world chickens.

Since I took such delight in the chicken murder, the ranger took us aside and told us about her sister in New York who is a teacher. They had a biology project where they children cared for a caterpillar that pupated and finally emerged as a beautiful butterfly. The children were so excited to gather in the playground to release the butterflies. As soon as they did, a flock of blue jays came and ate every single butterfly! Can you believe that they got counselors in? What the heck is wrong with parents today – you should tell your children where there dinner comes from and then there might be more vegetarians around. Again, it was a perfect opportunity to show pictures of fluffy little baby blue jays that also needed fed…

Teddy and I did wonder if the blue jays gathered at the school every year for the lovely buffet lunch that was provided by the kind children. 😉 HAPPY FRIDAY!!! Stop worrying about your stocks and shares, you could have been born a chicken – LOL!


25 thoughts on “The Chicken Murder…

  1. Poor little chickens and butterflies too, and every little creature that ended up being eaten for a lunch. Can’t help but think about Jaws movie. It was for them, that’s for sure.

    I never knew chickens can be feral. I thought it’s only cats. But then again, I’ve never lived in a country.

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    • Ah, you don’t know what you are missing, Anna. Country life is wonderful – gentle and yet predatory. I live in a forested city with coyotes and road runners but still long for the real wild (where I can howl at the moon). 🙂


  2. This was a great post today Kerry! I agree with you concerning educating our children where and how the meat they are eating came from. Life is not always pretty. Thanks for good reading today and Happy Friday to you as well! 🙂

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  3. Agreed! I have been a vego for ages – people need to know where their food comes from. We all needed a laugh and you are so right – don’t worry about the material things, you could have been born a chicken, ha ha.

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  5. I somehow missed this post! When I saw the title of “The Chicken Murder,” I just had to read this one!

    I admit that I’m a total wimp about these things. I know of course where my hamburgers and chicken enchiladas come from, but I don’t like to think about it. If the world made some kind of rule that each person must kill his or her own animals in order to eat them, I’m pretty certain I’d just become a vegetarian!

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