Coping with chicken loss

 

There are few things more painful to me as a chicken owner than the untimely loss of one of the flock. Our chickens are all lovingly hand-raised, and it’s enough to drive one mad when a sneaky predator gets past one’s defenses, or when a disease you can do little about makes its rounds in the coop.

Still, I guess that this knowledge, this acceptance of the fact that there will be some losses, is what enables us to bounce back and keep raising chickens.

From my latest Mother Earth News post:

“Losing animals is an inevitable part of raising them. No matter how careful and diligent you are, at some point you will have to deal with saying goodbye – and not just due to old age, either – to some members of your flock or herd. This is heartbreaking even if your animals were meant to end up as dinner at some point. So much more if you treat your livestock somewhat like pets. I remember one time years ago, crying and telling my husband I’d rather give it all up and never keep anything living but plants again.”

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4 thoughts on “Coping with chicken loss

  1. I know how you feel Anna. I used to keep chickens, they were my feathered friends. You can’t see their little faces everyday, and not be clipped in the heart when you lose one. Unfortunately, it’s the cycle of life….sigh

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    • Thank you for understanding, Karoline. Many people believe it’s silly to grieve for a chicken when there’s so much suffering in the world.

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