It was a rough week in chicken coop. We were away, there was tons of rain (which always makes things damp and smelly), and while we had some people caring for the chickens in our absences, I’m not sure they did the best job. We noticed this week that Goldie seemed to be broody and was, like the others, inconveniently in the nesting box. She was there for two days, then we noticed that some eggs seemed broken and there was a bad smell. Wednesday afternoon she left the box and then at bedtime she did not return to the coop. And we’ve not seen her since 😦 Also missing Wednesday afternoon was Old Man Rooster.
Now, we had gotten a message from our chicken carer while we were away that he seemed very unwell and we thought we were headed for a third vacation in a row with a chicken dying, but he rallied and was fine when we got home. I don’t feel too bad about him likely becoming a meal for a fox or raccoon because he was clearly not long for this world and honestly, this way we didn’t have to deal with finding him dead, or worrying that we needed to put him out of his misery, or anything like that. We do feel sad about Goldie-she was so beautiful and we all liked her, even though she was not very friendly to us.
Oh, and after Goldie left we cleaned out all the eggs and the coop and it was horrible and I won’t even describe it except to say that animal husbandry is quite often gross.