I just lost my first chick. Death is bound to happen with animals but that doesn't make it any less sad. I went out to check on the chicks and noticed that one wasn't really moving. In fact, one of the other silkies was using her as a stepping stone. They were all fine last night and this morning. I don't know what happened! We brought her inside, wrapped her up in a warm towel and my daughter held her on her lap. Bubbles began to come from the chicks beak and she gasped for air. My daughter decided to say a little prayer for the chick. A few short moments later, the silky took her last breath. And that was it. Sweet little chick.
A burial was held for the chick, and we placed her in the backyard with a lovely view of the lake. I asked my husband if he wanted to say anything and from the look he gave me, it was a no. What is the proper protocol for a chicken funeral? Surely not just dig a hole and throw her in? I said a few short words and we left our little silkie in peace.
I just checked on the chicks and they all seem lively and happy. I'm hoping the death of blue silky was just one of those things and not something that will infect all of them.
On a happier note, we received 8 more frizzle eggs yesterday and they are now snug in the incubator with the others. So we have a total of 16 eggs cooking in there. We will candle them in the next few days and see if we can see anything happening in there. But first I need to learn how to candle. :)