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Panic! Sickie Chickies!

| 3/12/2012 11:51:49 AM

Rosalind head shotWith farming you have to look at the up side of things. Just because in three days one chicken gets a cold (that could possibly be just about anything and everything), a favorite hen becomes prolapsed, another chicken is so aggressive that you end up with a surprise morning cull, and one chicken goes broody and you know that the chicks she’ll end up hatching won’t make up for the egg production loss. Just because some unfortunate and unforeseen events take place (at once) doesn’t mean that you wish to quit farming (well, maybe you’ll consider it), or that you want to throw your entire flock out (without Uffie and Pastella, I might add). 

What it means (for me) is that I am in a bad mood for a few days. It means that my house smells like a wet chicken (think of a wet dog smell, but worse). It means a not-so-favorite-chicken is in the rabbit hutch as a method of quarantine. Oh, yes, it means that you have some extra scratches from chasing a nasty cockerel, eluding capture, around a hedge tree during a rainstorm. That is all. It might feel like I didn’t get anything done but nurse sick chickens all weekend, but what would I have been doing anyway? Digging beside a creek to widen it for newly acquired ducklings? Sweeping the basement? Picking up trash that the wind carries to the farm? These things are an easy sacrifice to ensure the care and well-being of your flock and farm. Of course, if any hen died you might find me speaking in a different light instead of the cheery (alright ... not cheery, but a rather acquiescent) manner I am currently in.

In case anyone else has these problems, here is what I have learned over the weekend and would recommend for anyone else facing similar issues:

For Curing a Nasty Cockerel:

Step 1- Grab a sharp axe (preferably something that strikes fear into the heart of roosters)

Step 2- Find some wood (some piece of wood that is disposable or reusable is best)

3/14/2012 2:17:42 AM

Thank you all for reading my blog posts and commenting. All chickens are now out of quarantine and are doing better. The bad weekend turned into a great week, as I am able to bring out all the baby ducklings and silkie chickies to enjoy the summertime weather. And to top off the exciting week, we now have 3 broody hens due to hatch their clutches on the same day! Baby chicks being born is way too exciting and as a result has reversed the negative attitude that this past weekend brought.

3/13/2012 5:06:03 PM

Love your can-do attitude and spirit, Rosalind! Thoroughly enjoyed this post, and it's a pleasure to have you as a part of our blogging community. You have much to add! Hang in there!

3/13/2012 2:59:31 PM

Rosalind, I think you have the homestead mentality. Every morning brings a new day that will have its own adventures. When the going gets tough the tough gets going. That really sounds like you. To me chickens were always labor intensive. I was very glad when Mom finally decided to pack them all up and send them off to Campbell soup factory. That's why in my old age I'm just sticking to gardening. If a plant gets sick just pull it out and plant something different. I like low maintenance in this season of life. Have a great chicken day on the homestead.

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