The other night I had a very telling chicken dream. To understand it, though, first you'll need some background: I have 6 chickens who I raised from little chicklets and are now grown into nice adult hens. They are all different: one Americauna-Myrtle, one buff orp- Butters, a gold and black sex link- Tawanda and Petrie, a brown leghorn- Roxy, and a barred rock- Lola. A little while back, they all got the foul fowl pox. All had a smooth recovery except for Petrie, who then had a cloudy eye thing going on and is picked on by all of the other birds, which I have read is a sign that she is sickly. She seems like she might slowly be recovering, but hasn't laid any eggs and I don't really know if she'll ever be completely healthy again. So, I started to seriously consider culling her, especially since she was being picked on so bad and we also have 4 new chicklets, who Tawanda is dutifully raising (I got 4 thinking they might not all make it, but now I think they're going to and it's going to be crowded) But then.... a couple nights ago I had a dream. I dreamed that a friend and I had decided the time had come to put Petrie out of her misery. I caught her and was holding her. But then we realized that nothing had been prepared for the whole process. But then instead of putting her down and preparing everything, I just kept holding her as we got things ready- but before we could kill her it was time for dinner. So then, instead of putting her down- I went and ate dinner and was holding her at my side the whole time! After dinner, I walked to the Chickens' half of the yard and put Petrie back with everyone else. My friend asked me why I did that and I burst into tears and just repeated- "I can't do it! I just can't do it!" Now, I've killed a chicken before- but never one that I've raised. I totally thought I'd be fine with it, but after this dream I really can't shake that feeling and start getting teary when I think of killing her! it's so weird! (and you thought you were the crazy chicken lady!) Does anyone else have crazy chicken dreams?