Tiny Timothina had a bad day. When we returned from our show last night we thought she was dead. The other chicks were running over her. Her wing and one leg were stretched out. “Mama, I think we lost the runt,” Doug said sadly. We saw her move though and there was life and hope.
She was smaller than the other chicks and just wasn’t thriving. We put her in her own small box with mini bowls of food and water and turned the light on her. The next morning she was still alive though still laying on her side. I put her in my shirt and rocked her as I had my coffee and checked emails.
When we came home from our show tonight she was laying in her water dish and not well. I held her again until she died.
That happens, it is hit or miss with chicks. They are hatched then shipped all over the nation within twenty-four hours and sometimes for no reason we find that the chick (or grown chicken) has died of Sudden Chickie Death Syndrome (we made that up, don’t google it).
Each and every animal that comes through our farms is precious to us. A live spirit. A soul that came from the same universal energy source we did. Their life is important. Many an experienced farmer might just throw the chick away or put them in another box and walk away. But we have brought many a chick back from the brink of death. Ginger was practically decapitated when we found her, various chicks brought back by sitting on my lap watching television lived long lives.
So, do not give up hope on your weakened animals. They may die, but you can hold them as their spirit is released. We send love to each and every creature we have the honor of being around. And this returns to us.