As I told you on the 15th of March the Avian Flu has been seen in our county, and so far our chickens, and my geese Polly and Fredrik are flu free. I have made it a point each day to check beaks and bills in the AM and PM to be sure no one has a runny nose. This is the good news.
STOP READING RIGHT NOW IF YOU ARE IN THE LEAST BIT SQUEAMISH!
And so it was that I found my Black Cochin rooster, Pagliacci had fevered and swollen eyelids on his right eye. I picked him up and took him into the mudroom to see what was going on. I expected to be cleaning debris out of his eye and then treating with an antibiotic eye drop… except that his eye was missing. Gone. It was a chilling discovery as he had been fine in the morning when I let him out. I did the only kind thing I could do and put him out of his misery, but I must tell you that every time I thought about him for the next couple of weeks I was chilled and sad all over again.
My 14 lb, big fella came to me from Murray McMurray Hatchery as a free chick; they are almost always a rooster. He got his name for
singing crowing loudly every time he heard my voice or saw me coming into the chicken yard. He was so fluffy feathered he looked for all the world as if he were wearing a clown suit! I am sad to tell you I never got a photo of him fully grown, but if you follow the link above you will see an illustration that looks exactly like him.
Raising animals on the farm is certainly not for the timid or weak of heart. It’s all fun and frolic until someone gets hurt and then you have to step up and do your best for the injured animal. Sometimes, as in this case, it is very hard to do.