And then there were six...

Yesterday was a very sad day for me.

Last week I noticed that one of the hens was spending more and more time sitting around and resting instead of grazing in the yard with the rest of her sisters. There weren't any obvious, outward signs that she was sick so we just kept an eye on her. I attributed her lethargy to the high heat and humid that has settled in here in the Philly 'burbs.

Yesterday, we came home to discover she was gravely ill and there was nothing we could do to save her. We cleaned her up as best we could and decided that it would be better for her to be humanely euthanized. The only other alternative was to continue to have her suffer and I couldn't bear the thought of it. She was so patient and quiet as we cleaned her up and prepped her for her journey "home". I keep telling myself that she's happier and healthier in Hen Heaven with the other farm friends that have gone before her.

This morning I went out to the henhouse to greet only six hens and it just makes me sad. I am sure the girls are aware of the loss of their sister. I gave them their morning treats and plan on doing all that I can to make sure the remaining six are happy and healthy. It's going to be a busy few days treating the henhouse, coop and hens for any parasites and other causes of illness in chickens. My biggest hope is that the six girls that are left stay healthy and are with us for years to come.

I want to thank all of you TBA Readers who've come to know and love my hens through this blog. I can assure you that they appreciate the attention and love and good thoughts you all send their way. I know I appreciate it! For now I will say...

"Rest well, Little Hen. Rest well."

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