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Re: Traumatizing incident at Dan's Farm today.

Postby Selling Stuff on Sat Aug 06, 2011 5:57 pm

I am terrified of rats and mice due to some past experiences, however, that would have been horrible to witness.
As you mentioned, I understand that they have to get rid of the rats, and the farmer probably didn't want to miss that chance, but maybe he could have asked your hubby to take your son away. Then again, maybe he didn't notice how enthralled your son was with the rat.

Still......not a pleasant experience.
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Re: Traumatizing incident at Dan's Farm today.

Postby Myshkin on Sat Aug 06, 2011 5:58 pm

I think your reaction is appropriate. Rat pitch-forking should definately be done out of sight of the children (especially when in the petting farm where they're admiring fuzzy creatures) :shock:
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Re: Traumatizing incident at Dan's Farm today.

Postby NPern82 on Sat Aug 06, 2011 6:00 pm

oh my heck! I hope your son is really ok! I know I'd be bothered seeing it myself and I'm an adult. I don't even like to kill ants....
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Re: Traumatizing incident at Dan's Farm today.

Postby OnceHarmony on Sat Aug 06, 2011 6:22 pm

Oh my! I would hate to have my DD (or me) see that.

I would definately let them know. Maybe next time they could give a heads up and give people time to move far away.

I hope your son is okay.
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Re: Traumatizing incident at Dan's Farm today.

Postby mumeee99 on Sat Aug 06, 2011 6:31 pm

Ya, that was completely inappropriate. I'm not into rats either, but I don't think that any kid should have to witness that! :eek:
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Re: Traumatizing incident at Dan's Farm today.

Postby funmom on Sat Aug 06, 2011 9:29 pm

Oh my gosh!!! That is HORRIBLE!!!! My little vegetarian-animal-loving 7 year old would have cried for a week! That's really inapropriate, that should never have happened. I think you should make a phone call, and just tell them about what happened, in the hopes that that doesn't happen again. Sorry your son had to see that, that's really sad. :cry:
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Re: Traumatizing incident at Dan's Farm today.

Postby zolly786 on Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:03 pm

yeah, i wouldn't have been cool with that. i'm not a rat lover, but to do that in a petting area around kids? no.
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Re: Traumatizing incident at Dan's Farm today.

Postby rescuefundraiser on Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:17 pm

Where is Dan's Farm?
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Re: Traumatizing incident at Dan's Farm today.

Postby baby#2 on Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:08 am

I would have been in tears for myself and for my daughter. That is an awful thing to see. I would definitely complain, they can't be doing that.
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Re: Traumatizing incident at Dan's Farm today.

Postby knittingmama on Sun Aug 07, 2011 1:59 pm

having grown up on a farm, this is a way of life. You see a rat, you kill it immediately because they breed worse than rabbits and once they get in the feed and crops, they cause a lot of damage. I'm sorry your son had to witness that - perhaps the farmer could have asked your husband to remove him, but when you see one of those creepy rats around, you get rid of it asap. I've seen animals killed on a farm and it's not pretty, but it's not something that will traumatize you for life - you get used to it and realize that it's the way of living on a farm and sometimes you gotta do things like that. This might be a good way to explain to your son where his food comes from. JMHO
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Re: Traumatizing incident at Dan's Farm today.

Postby s5 on Sun Aug 07, 2011 3:01 pm

I agree with knittingmama. Having grown up on a farm, my parents always ensured any killing was done away from young kids. But something like a rat would have been killed immediately, with apologies later. Perhaps they would have hollered at us to look away, but there isn't always time.

I've been to Dan's Farm and it does strike me as a working farm and rat control would be a part of that.
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Re: Traumatizing incident at Dan's Farm today.

Postby Sunnygirl on Sun Aug 07, 2011 3:41 pm

I can see why they did it - but I would have hated it. My kids probably would not have been as traumatized as me - they take things better than I would ever have thought - even though they love animals they are more interested than anything else in seeing dead birds and we have feral cats so they are always coming across dead mice.

Ughh to this day I remember the first time as a kid going to the slaughter house on my grandfather's farm - I could never be a farm girl!!!
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Re: Traumatizing incident at Dan's Farm today.

Postby JaynaF on Sun Aug 07, 2011 6:31 pm

wow that is shocking. he should have at least approached you and told you to take your son away while he put a fork through it! yikes!
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Re: Traumatizing incident at Dan's Farm today.

Postby chanterelle on Sun Aug 07, 2011 6:50 pm

Hmmm, I'm torn on this one. While I appreciate that it really wasn't a nice thing for your son to see, if the farmer had given a shout / waited, the rat would have gotten away - they are fast suckers, and as others have pointed out, can quickly do a lot of damage on anyone's property.

I would definitely still visit Dan's Farm (we love it there), but I think if I saw a rat, I'd be looking the other direction so as to avoid any unpleasant sights.


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Re: Traumatizing incident at Dan's Farm today.

Postby JaynaF on Sun Aug 07, 2011 6:54 pm

yeah, as i wrote my post, i was actually thinking the same, that the rat could have easily escaped if he'd made a warning or anything.. but still yes, horrible to watch!!!!
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