Friday, May 24 2013 7:37 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:37:25 GMT
The City of Hattiesburg is increasing the sewer rates for Petal and some Lamar County customers who use their wastewater lagoon. Petal residents are concerned and voicing their opinions after finding outMore >>
Petal and Hattiesburg residents are voicing their opinions after finding out the City of Hattiesburg is increasing sewer rates. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:09 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:09:56 GMT
It is official, Boy Scouts of America must accept all male youth no matter their sexual orientation. On Thursday, more than 60-percent of the Boy Scouts of America's 14-hundred-members voted for theMore >>
It is official, Boy Scouts of America must accept all male youth no matter their sexual orientation.More >>
Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."More >>
The trucker was hauling drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water behind him....More >>
You know the expression, "up when the rooster crows"?
When you've got as many roosters as Charlie Smith has, you better be up.
"I get up at five, and I'm out here by 5:15 every morning," Smith said. "I think right now there's probably about five hundred birds on the place."
They're not all roosters. He's got chickens, and pheasants, and quail. Not to mention turkeys, peacocks, and even a couple of parrots.
Charlie raises all of them, and he says they're all different, from their looks, to their moods.
"A lot of people say, why are the females so ugly, well usually, they're the ones sitting on the nest watching for predators, so they don't want to attract attention," Smith said.
"Different birds have different personalities."
And when we say he raises all of them, that means he's involved, starting with the moment he finds every new egg on the property.
"We leave none with the mom," Smith said. "We pull all the eggs. We'll pull those eggs, and put them in the incubator."
The incubators are in the brooder building. Think of it almost like the nursery at the hospital.
When Charlie finds an egg, it gets labeled by breed, and the date it was found. Eventually, it goes into the incubator, and finally, into the hatchery. And new birds are born every day.
Believe it or not, Charlie says his neighbors actually compliment him on his birds. One of them likes to listen to the peacock calls, one wants advice on getting his own hens so he can have fresh eggs. Others are just curious.
"We had a neighbor that came down the road, and he stopped, and he said, 'Charlie, I just got to see what y'all are doing down here.'"
And yes, there are some folks that want the birds to visit them for dinner.
"You know I have never eaten any, but we do sell a lot to be eaten."
Charlie takes all the requests with a smile. He's only been raising birds for about six months, and he says there is a stopping point somewhere, maybe five years or so down the road.
Until then, even if it's listening to gobbling and crowing before dawn, this is where Charlie's most at peace.
"It's a nice hobby, and you know a lot of people have different things that help them to cope with life I guess," Smith said. "And this is very relaxing to me to come out and be involved in raising these chickens and stuff."
Friday, May 24 2013 5:52 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:52:06 GMT
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. It included the laying of a wreath at a fallen officersMore >>
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 4:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:45:22 GMT
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to Lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. As part of National Emergency Service Week, for the last 12-years Wayne farms has hostedMore >>
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. More >>