RIP Fletcher

laturcotte1September 10, 2009

Our beloved rooster Fletcher is gone! We think he was taken by a fox, one minute he was there eating breakfast by afternoon he was gone. He had come such a long way; through his frost bite feet and tendon injury to a very happy guy. He followed me like a puppy dog inspecting everything I did, loving every minute he spent with his goats. My husband said I should not have let him free range but that was when he was the happiest. He would pace along the fence line just waiting to run hating to be penned in.

He crowed all day long, what a wonderful sound.

It's sad he never got to enjoy his first winter with his new hens. We are going to keep the hens penned until we can control the fox situation they won't like it but maybe we can keep them safe that way. I am sure his disability kept him from avoiding the attack, I feel like I let him down.

It's a very sad time, my heart is broken.

Lee Ann

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I'm so sorry for your loss, Lee Ann. It's really hard isn't it, to take the risks of predators in order to let your birds free range?! They are so much happier, and in my opinion, healthier when they are allowed to forage for the stuff they instinctively look for. Just remember that Fletcher had a much happier and fulfilling life than many chickens experience. I hope you can get rid of the fox that is keeping your hens from enjoying that same freedom. Kathy

    Bookmark   September 12, 2009 at 4:44PM
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johanna_h(Z5 SW MI)

Oh, Lee Ann, I am so sorry. I remember Fletcher's story and how you took care of him. He was lucky to have a happy summer with you, enjoying the grass and bugs and sunshine. Remember that you made that possible -- remember the happy times.

My condolences.


Here is a link that might be useful: My place: Busy Solitude Farm

    Bookmark   September 14, 2009 at 8:17PM
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Lee Ann, I'm so sorry to hear about Fletcher.


    Bookmark   September 15, 2009 at 3:38PM
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