This blog is mainly a rambling kind of diary of the transition from smallholderwannabe to smallholder.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

My poorly hen has gone now.  I got her down this morning from where she sleeps and put her beside the water container so that she could have a drink.  Sometime during the day she managed to get up the ladder and laid an egg in the nest box.  She is the only one in that run who lays brown eggs so I know it was laid by her and it weighs all of 10g.  Bless her.  I feel so guilty because she must have put so much effort into laying that egg in the correct place but the growth was increasing so fast now that her whole underneath was dragging on the ground and was plastered in mud.  I know we made the right decision but I just feel so guilty now because of that egg.



  • At 1:42 PM, Blogger Kim @ Lavender Fields Forever said…

    Sorry to hear about your hen. She had a good life with you and you did your best for her. Isn't it amazing how animals & birds bring out our feelings though

  • At 2:12 AM, Blogger Jo said…

    Thanks, Kim. I'd have felt so much better about "doing" for her if she hadn't laid that egg. She had got so much worse this last week that I just didn't think that we could risk leaving her any longer. But you are right, she'd had a good long life (for a little hybrid) and enjoyed what she did. Out of the 7 hens that were in that little flock, there are now just 2 left. It'll be a problem when there is just one left...

  • At 12:19 AM, Blogger sue15cat said…

    Poor litte hen, think of the egg as her last gift to you to thank you for all your care. Hens know when their end has come. That you helped her at the very end is only to be admired and respected.

    Well done. We all seem to be losing hens at the moment, I think they are wanting some warmth and sunshine as much as we are.

    Sue xx


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