Monday, November 19, 2012

Losing and Gaining Chickens

     I'll make this post quite short- last week was a sad week in our small flock of chickens. Ginger, the buff orpington, was in the "chicken infirmary" and did not pull through. I suspect it was Marek's. Two days later, I went out to the coop in the morning to let everyone out, and found Cyrus the rooster dead on the floor. This was very unexpected. Although these things are sad and upsetting, both Joe and I have come to some understanding that these things happen with chickens. We respect our little flock, and they deserve to have us put in a good honest effort to healing them if the get sick, but this time it didn't work.

  On a happier note, My second cousin, who lives down the road, and also has chickens, just happened to have an extra rooster. We picked him up last night after dark, and as far as I can tell, things are going great. He crowed first thing ( something poor Cyrus never did) and knows how to treat the ladies. He is also quite handsome. Here's to hoping everyone else stays alive and healthy!

Racing Stripe, who is supposed to be an easter egger, laid this beauty!

Chickens invade!