Originally Posted by Celeste
Last year about this time, I bought 4 baby easter egger pullets. They were so cute! When they got big enough, I put them in an outdoor pen. One of them got out. I chased it, then lost it, then searched for it for 2 hours. I finally just sat down and cried. I felt so stupid. A 54 year old woman sitting down and crying about a $2.25 bird. The bird finally came back and started trying to get back in with the others. I was SO happy. We can get really attached to our chickens.
I do keep my hens up all the time; however, I have a really nice chicken house that is well lit and ventilated, and very roomy. I have one rooster that stays out all the time. He has been surviving out for months now. He follows me around like a dog.
We DO get attached to them, don't we? I had gotten a bunch of new day old chicks and had had them, maybe a week or 2, and one of my dogs got all excited and jumped into the stock tank I used as a brooder. Squished several of them to death. I think my poor husband thought I'd lost my mind. I knelt by that brooder and just bawled for an hour. I felt sooo terrible about those chicks.
I felt the same as you, was about 53 at the time, and sitting in a FREEZING A$$ cold garage, kneeling on the concrete floor, HOWLING over I don't know, maybe 5 $2 chicks......How silly is that?