introduction to I lost a chicken
I know that not many chicken keepers will be shocked when one of their broilers dies.
But to me, it came as a shock. I lost a chicken and I have the impression that I have done something wrong.
That is the real question. Because I don’t know what happened with the chicken, I feel bad. I lost a chicken and I didn’t see it coming.
I first found a leg and then I found the whole body. It was hidden under one of my water capture systems. The animal didn’t seem to be killed by another animal. It just seemed to have died of disease. The other chickens already started picking on the body so it really was a horrible sight.
I really feel bad because I lost a chicken.
I really do feel bad because I found the chicken carcass yesterday. But it seems like the chicken has been dead for a couple of days already. And the worst part is, I didn’t know.
So, it seems like I’m not active enough with my chickens. I really have to change my habits and check my chickens more often.
How did I go from being a really caring chicken keeper to a person that just grows chickens for eggs and meat?
I used to sit with my chickens and feeding them by hand. I knew my chickens and I treated them like pets. Even the broiler chickens had a good life until I butchered them.
Having fewer chickens?
Maybe I should go back to fewer chickens. I used to have 6 chickens that lay eggs and I grew broilers every few months. I had a maximum of 4 broilers at one time.
But I bought a brooder and started growing more and more chickens. I know average at about 20 layer chickens and as many broilers.
Seems like the more animals I have, the less I care. And I don’t really like that.
I really have to check the way I treat the animals. I am mentally becoming a big-time grower chickens and I only have 40 of them. How would I treat 1000 chickens at a time? I don’t even want to imagine.
I’m not really sure if I will go back to fewer chickens but I’m sure that I have to change my habits and treat my chickens better than I have done the last year.
I know this is kind of personal but I just had to write it down.
If you have come to this sentence, thank you for reading.
See you in the next blog post.