Saturday, 24 May 2008

then there were five

Sad news on the chicken front with the demise of Hazel. Not sure of the cause of death but she was always the weakest of the gang and not the greatest of layers. We were all upset as this was the first loss from our livestock apart from Paddy our beloved retriever cross who died seven years ago when the children were very young. In the end we decided on cremation rather than burial to avoid the local wildlife digging up the carcass. Not sure if we will get another chicken at the moment as we are thinking of raising a turkey. The children said a few words in tribute to Hazel for the fun and eggs she had brought to our household but quickly got over the sadness as we've just put up a trampoline as a joint birthday present.

2 comments:

paul said...

Consolation from our family to yours!... we lost one of our original four hens to illness about two months ago. And she was also called HAZEL!!
Since then, we have acquired FIVE more, though - two shortly after the loss of Hazel, and three new ones as of Saturday just gone! The new girls are settling in - not too much pecking at them, yet! - but they all look rather similar, so we are now having difficulty setting names!!!...

Philip Ritchie said...

Many thanks Paul for your consolation and what a coincidence they were both called Hazel. Hope you are able to sort out names for the new ones soon; I've found the kids have more inspiration for this sort of thing. Good to hear it looks like your medical condition has been identified and will continue to pray that the treatment will prove successful.