It’s Hardest When You Don’t Know Why

The adventure of homesteading has ups and downs.  Losses of life are pretty common, especially if you are dealing with many animals and are breeding, birthing, and raising young animals.  You learn to accept it, though I don’t know if it ever gets easy.  I find the hardest losses are the ones where there isn’t a cause to be found.  When we don’t know why an animal died I struggle because I don’t know how to prevent it in the future.

This morning we found Rosie, our best Dark Brahma breeding hen, dead in the coop.  She was fine last night at bed time.  We can’t find any reason for her death.  We are suspicious it might have been that she was egg bound, but we are not totally sure.

It’s not a “big deal” in the big picture of life.  But it is a loss, and all losses sting at least a little bit.

We are grateful that we have an established breeding flock so that a loss like this doesn’t set us back much.  And we are grateful that our losses have been few and far between lately.

4 thoughts on “It’s Hardest When You Don’t Know Why

  1. 😢. So sorry to hear about Rosie. It is always hard. I still have no idea what happened to my Maeve…people who have had chickens for years have assured me that sometimes it just happens. Happy one day and gone the next. You can take some comfort in the fact that her life with you was a good one….and she probably didn’t suffer. But is is still a loss and I know how you feel. Hugs, Patti


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