Yesterday afternoon, I entered the barn and was greeted with this:
"Do you need something?"
"Please just leave me alone in this warm spot, and let me sleep."
Perhaps you can relate?
Today we are cleaning out the chicken houses - stripping them- and giving them a thorough cleaning.
It is something we do every few months, however, right now we are doing it in a desperate attempt at finding a solution to a current situation. You see, we have had three sudden deaths (hens) in our chicken houses in the last two weeks.
Normally, we have a death every few months or more, so three in two weeks is perplexing. There have been no signs that any of the chickens were ill. We just found them dead.
Most of what you read about keeping chickens mentions the fact that wild birds can introduce disease into chicken houses. I have found, however, with healthy free-range chickens that this is less of a risk. Free-range chickens are unstressed and more resistant to disease.
So... our chicken deaths will remain a mystery. But, we will try what we can to prevent...