As new homesteaders, we are learning something new ever day.
For my children, this can be a tough lesson.
Miss B loves our chicken, and recently we acquired a few young Frizzle Chicks, one that we got happen to have a deformed leg.
I did my research and saw that chickens can actually live very happily with one leg, so we kept her.
Then one morning I noticed that she was struggling, she seemed to be off her food and not drinking.
I removed her from the other young hens and kept her warm and comfortable.
After school Miss B, spent hours cuddling and talking to her but sadly she passed away quietly in arms of Miss B.
Before we buried her I checked her over. We have Ticks here that can paralyse animals of any size and the Tick toxin usually kills within a few hours especially small animals. We found no ticks but what I did notice was that the whole right side of her body was deformed or rather under-formed.
Death on a farm of any size is hard, we love and cherish our Animals, they bring us food, companionship and sometimes help us make a living.
It’s a hard lesson, and for my Sweet hearted Miss B it was confronting but she was also very real about it.
The cycle of life is something all children will learn, some of us hide Death from our children, we have chosen to embrace death as part of running a homestead.