I know we’ve had a lot of chicken posts recently, but I needed to add one more. For those of you who have been tracking with the Saga of Sylvia the Sick Chicken, I have sad news….Sylvia went to that big chicken coop in the sky last Wednesday. She’d rallied there for a little bit…and then just started getting, well, slower. She’d stop in the middle of the yard to nap. She stopped eating. She wasn’t really pooping (sorry, but she wasn’t). She stopped getting excited about seeing us. And she barely weighed anything. So Wednesday morning I decided to spend some quality time with her. I wrapped her up in a towel and put her on my lap while I got some work done on my computer. She napped most of the day. She didn’t seem in pain, just content to sleep on my lap.
That afternoon I had to run to a meeting and about 10 minutes after I left Keith sent me a text message: “I think Sylvia just died.” it read. Then, about 15 seconds later, “Yep. She’s definitely dead. She just laid over on her side and went to sleep.” We were sad to see our girl go, but happy she went in peace. If you’re wanting to reminisce her short life (like I did) then you can check out this video from last August when she laid her first egg.
Yesterday was nice weather and Spring seems to have finally sprung, well sort of…so Keith and I decided that it would be a good time to do a “Spring cleaning” in the coop and de-winterize all the little cold weather tweaks that we’d made. You might remember that we added a heat lamp and a made a few other temporary changes. So Sunday we shoveled out the pine shavings from the coop floor, removed the heated waterer, heat lamp and indoor roost, rehung the outdoor roosts and gave everything a good cleaning. The girls seemed really happy with their tidy home and hopped around the backyard eating as many earthworms as they could find.
Although I’m super thankful that we brought Beverly Clucky home to replace our first chicken casualty, Gertude, (who had a brain tumor,) we’re not rushing into getting a new girl this time. I know it’s Spring and all the co-ops are starting to put out all those cute little chicks and it’s so tempting to bring home a new little critter. Please, before you do….read all about my experience adding a new girl to the flock. It’s not all fun and games and cute little feathered friends. It’s a slow and painstaking process, one that for us worked out well despite my doing everything wrong, but one that I’m not sure I’m up for repeating anytime soon. So for now, we’re going to hang on to our three amigas and be thankful that everyone else is healthy and happy for the time being.