Lizzy, I'm sorry about your chick. Sometimes they just "fail to thrive" and we don't know why. It is always sad to lose one but I also figure that survival of the fittest is at play. The ones you have left that ARE thriving are the ones you want to keep and potentially save eggs for breeding in the future.
Well, I found my wooden egg. The mystery of how it got moved will probably always remain a mystery as I found it about 30' from where I had put it and in a different pen. However I'm glad to have it back as they are useful to have around.
I have my sheep and goats up grazing the front yard today. I'm aiming for about twice a week on that as we didn't get that rain that everyone else got so our pasture really isn't growing yet. The grasses up front a different varieties of grass so they are slowly growing even without the rain. I don't want to stress that grass too much by putting them on it every day but twice a week will mean I won't have to mow for awhile but hopefully it won't get over grazed.
At least parasites won't be such an issue for the stock if it doesn't rain. Last year we got so much rain in the spring that barber pole worm was a constant concern. As it is, it is going to be a bad year for ticks. I've already pulled two of one of my LGD pups and two of my companion dog as well. I've had to treat them all already and normally my goal is to put the first treatment off until May.
I sold a handful of chicks yesterday - yay! I hatched a bunch and these few were not what I was needing for my breeding programs. They will grow up to be nice layers and/or meat birds but I decided I'd rather not put the feed into raising them. They sold super fast after I listed them and were picked up quickly as well. That helps a little with the astronomical feed bill at least.