I very quickly grew attached to Max and wanted to keep him as long as possible. I very much wanted to hatch some of his babies and was waiting for my pullets to mature in order to mate them to him. In order to placate the neighbors, I brought Max into the garage or basement every night into his "man cave." We would let him out into the yard in the morning when he was less likely to wake up the neighbors. His days were numbered, but I had to find a good, forever home for him and was not anxious to part with him.
On New Year's Eve 2012, I hatched one very special chick of Max's. His mother was my Buff Orpington hen, April.
I named the chick "Eve" for obvious reasons, hoping that the power of positive thinking would will the chick to be female and that a part of Max could stay with me.
|(St)Eve with baby Maxon, 1/18/12.|
By February, both Max and his son, (St)Eve, needed adoptive homes before my neighbors lost any more patience with the two boys' crowing. Turning to my long-distance chicken friend, Jen Louden for consolation at the impending loss of my two boys, I wished aloud that Max could return to live on Louden Farms where he came from as an egg. Jen actually bit at the idea and we began to toy with the idea of transporting Max to Ohio. A few phone calls and emails later, we had hatched a plan involving a local limo company to transport both Max and his son (St)Eve back to Louden Farms.
Before he left, I made a video tribute to Max.
On Valentine's Day, 2012, I drove with my husband to the limo company with Max and (St)Eve.
The limo took us to Madison Square Garden in
|2/14/12 in New York City for the hand-off.|
|Jen's daughter, Sydney, bonded with (St)Eve immediately. ♥|
|Jen Louden with (St)Eve 3/11/12|
|Savannah Louden, with (St)Eve, 5/23/12|
Happy Birthday, (St)Eve!