A sad day; just had a phone call from OH who was opening up the chickens to say our hansome brute of a cockerel Leo (Sayer, as he was pretty nifty on hiis feet) died in the night.
It's the one thing I hate about keeping livestock, no reason why, he was fine yesterday, came out in the morning ok, my daughter put them to bed last night as it was dark when we got back (I ALWAYS put them to bed and get them up, but last night and this am did'nt as OH was sick and I did the school run!)
Typical, so I left a sick OH to face the day with burying poor Leo.
We lost one last year when it was really cold, in the middle of winter, but what reason could there be for a healthy chicken to die??
Oh what a shame Raenbow. It's hard when an apparently healthy pet dies.
It could be that he ate some rat poison - this is the season when people spread it about. Or just that he had something wrong. We lost two very pretty lavender Pekin bantams the first year that we had chickens - I reckon that they were just not a strong strain.
I am sorry, too, raenbow. Ships happen. I guess that is the natural cycle of things.
I remember how devastated when our vibrant guinea fowl chick suddenly died. people who are not close to their animals/livestock or who never kept and looked after our fellow creatures can never understand.
But we do.
Never knowingly underfed
Thanks all! I know it's the way of the world, but still feles bad when it happens.
Don't think it was rat poison fn as they are in an enclosed orchard, and the only ones who can access it are ourselves. He was a black and white turken, and they are generally pretty hardy (or so I've been told). Not sure if I can find out what it was Toffeeapple, not planning an autopsy!!
Will just have to hope it's a one off, clean and disinfect the hen house, and keep my fingers crossed.It was very quiet this morning, and even Lionel (our other cockerel) was quiet without his arch rival to outcrow!!
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