When you have animals you notice the circle of life. On Sunday morning I went out to the coop to find our oldest hen had died during the night. She was in her usual spot the night before when I counted everyone at bedtime, she must have died in her sleep right on her roost. I’m happy she went this way, it’s no fun dealing with sick chickens. She lived a long happy life, out foraging in the fields and have fun with her flock mates.
We’re not sure how old she was, probably around 5 years old. She came to us with the house when we arrived a year and a half ago, she was an Isa Brown. We still have a few of these original hens left, but their numbers have dwindled by way of fox attacks.
Meanwhile, Broody Hen is being a wonderful mom, bringing up replacements for her. So goes the circle of life, there is birth and death; the young replace the sick, older or those lost through predation. It will be interesting to see how many of these little chicks are hens and how many are roosters. It seems in spring the new life cycle of this circle is most evident since this is the time when animals are hatching and birthing the subsequent generation.
Have you noticed new life in the garden?Filed under Chickens, Feathered & Furred | Comments (8)