Ohiofarmgirl's Adventures in The Good Land is largely a fish out of water tale about how I eventually found my footing on a small farm in an Amish town. We are a mostly organic, somewhat self sufficient, sustainable farm in Ohio. There's action and adventure and I'll always tell you the truth about farming.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Free to a BAD home - SOLD!

As Java and JeffJustJeff noticed... yeah that was me with the ad in our local craigslist this week. And as my new pal "C" let me know, I caused a sensation her in her office. So I figured I should share the joke with everyone else.

Remember that we took up the chicks that our little duck hatched last week? And then I ended up with more creepy meats? Well, we found out that one of our little hens attacked our duck momma - and she (not the duck or the barncats) killed two of the chicks. So that gal got her pink slip, OFG style.

Here is the ad as it ran titled, Free to a BAD Home

Come and get her.

One completely loco Golden Campine is available FREE in central Ohio. She is about 4 years old and she has to go - preferably to a bad home.

There has to be someone out there that likes this breed - I do not. The only reason she hasn't gone to glory in a pot of noodles is the crushing guilt that comes from knowing she is on the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy list.  There's a reason this breed is dying out - they are the Worst Chickens Ever. See:

Her list of crimes including being flighty, loud, ridiculous, pooping on my husbands motorcycle, and most heinous of all - she picked a fight with my sweet little duck and killed two of the babies.

On the upside, she free ranges like a demon, managed to evade the fox all last summer, and is a good layer.

If you have to drive more than an hour I'll give you $5 in gas. Email me for more info.


I couldn't believe the response I got! Everyone "got the joke" and I received a bunch of fun emails from folks thanking me for the laugh. Honestly I was afraid I would get picketed by PETA or something. But it was all in good fun. And I received several offers for her. The little hen is going to a great farm this weekend and we are thrilled that someone will love having her around.

Once I confirmed the pick up/delivery schedule I edited the ad to say SOLD...and then someone got a bee in their bonnet and yanked the ad. So its not there anymore but I'm glad it worked.

Happy Saturday everyone! Craigslist has a great farm and garden section, is anyone else selling anything?


Chai Chai said...

Advertising is all about getting the customers attention and you know how to succeed.

I have never heard of chickens killing ducklings but then again I haven't been paying close attention to that category of conversation until this past year.

Gingerbreadshouse7 said...

She sure was a nice looking chicken! I don't think I would have hesitated to make a pot or two out of her :o). more like her would not be desirable

Grandpa said...

So this is the chicken politics you were talking about.
When you said that was you in the ad I scrolled down to see a photo of you...
So you are a copywriter too - could be in advertising. You must be relieved that you got rid of her. That's what great ads do.

Take care pal.

Anonymous said...

That is hilarious!!! You are not the only person I have heard of that has had bad luck with these chickens. No wonder they are on the conservation list ;) Good job finding a home for her!

NancyDe said...

I am seriously addicted to CL Farm and Garden section. I have bought sheep, seed potatoes, a chipper that sometime my husband will get running, a horse, and olive trees. I have sold composted manure, eggs, and a horse. I like to browse every day, pretty much.

Ohiofarmgirl said...

CC - I'm just glad I didn't get picketed by PETA! Ha! Chickens are kinda mean. If they ever actually got me on the ground I'd be a gonner.

Hi Ginny, she has green legs. Can you believe it? Someone out there loves this breed. They are just to crazy for me.

Hi Grandpa! Yep lots of politicking going on with the clucks. And hee hee "Due to the terms of my Witness Protection Agreement I am prohibited from posting pictures of myself." Lawyers.. you know how that goes.. hee hee hee hee

Hi KenLeigh! Can you believe ANYONE likes them? I once tried to pay a gal $15 to come and get her. I think I'm getting off scott free for just handing her over. I think there was a movie/book/story about kidnappers who had to pay to give the hostage back. Thats what this feels like.

Great work, NancyDe! I just love seeing everything you can buy. And its a great way to meet new folks.

David P. Offutt - The Gastronomic Gardener said...

You make me laugh! I probably would've eaten the old so and so.

Autumn said...

Goodness gracious, that hen might be bad, but that was one hilarious ad! I take a look at the local craigslist, and there is a lot there, but nothing I need/want.

ann from KY said...

I read this outloud to the family. They were all just about crying, they were laughing so hard. Even the 15 and 13 year old boys who are addicted to the farm and garden section on craigslist. Enjoy your blog! thanks for the clean fun!!

Ohiofarmgirl said...

Thanks Ann! I love a good clean laugh too - thanks for stopping by!

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