RIP Black Rock Hen

One of our Black Rock hens has died.  I went down to let the hens out of the hen-house early this morning and there was a lot of commotion in the hen-house.  They all came tumbling out except for one hen who was lying in the straw in the nest box.  I could see from how awkwardly she was lying that there was something wrong. When I touched her I realised she had died in the night.

 This particular Black Rock had lovely markings with a gold necklace of feathers round her neck.  But she had been poorly for some time, she would stand there all hunched up and not interested in food.  When we threw corn all the others would come running and she would just stand there taking no notice. Nor was she laying any eggs.

There’s not much you can do when a hen is poorly.  Taking her to the vets would be prohibitively expensive and not worth it for the cost of a chicken.  That may sound a bit harsh, but they are not pets, they are here to produce eggs.

So now we are down to 15 hens. Neil removed the body from the nest box this morning and took it down the woods for the “fox removal service”.  All just part of nature’s food chain!!

Now the nest box is clear and the others can get on with laying eggs.  So when we get some lovely guests for our B&B in Buckland St Mary, they will have fresh eggs for breakfast.

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