Drumstick culled a sick chick while I was at work today

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PurpleChicken, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Just like the title says.. We have lost a lot of chicks this year for various reasons,
    most unknown. Yesterday I found one of our 6 week old Spithauben chicks laying
    down on her side and cold. Her leg appeared broken. I gave her some water to
    which she responded a little and then fell down. I shoulda taken care of it yesterday
    instead of the wishful thinking we all let ourselves sucumb to.

    So my son, Drumstick (7), calls me at work this morning to tell me about the chick.
    I told him I would take care of it when I got home. He was upset and said
    "Daddy, I don't want to leave it there to suffer anymore and I know how much
    it bothers you to kill a chick so I will do it". I told him to put his mom on the phone.
    I told my wife not to worry about it and I'll handle it. He got upset because his mom
    had to drop him off at his grandmother's house and he didn't want to leave the
    chick to slowly die, and trust me, it would have.

    So I gave him my ok, asked him if he was sure, and praised him for being
    a strong young man. He called me back 20 minutes later from his mom's
    cellphone and said he handled it. My wife got on the phone and said he did
    everything exactly as I would and was sad, but didn't cry. She hid behind my
    truck as he dispatched the bird.

    I'll tell ya people. Getting chickens was one of the best things I could have done
    for this kid. He has learned so much on so many levels about life. Our flock is our
    family, it provides us with food, and we must take care of it, even when it's not
    so easy. I am a very blessed man.
  2. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    Amen. [​IMG] to you, and your son.
  3. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    He's got more guts than I do...that's for sure...
  4. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2007
    Mountains of NC
    I know this looks like a weird emoticon in this situation, but...[​IMG]

    What a strong little man. Mine have never put a chick out, but I agree, getting chickens was a great thing in our family for so many reasons.

    What a splendid heart he has, strong and caring that he didn't want the thing to continue suffering.
  5. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    Nice job Drumstick.
    you handled this with maturity and wisdom and I know your parents are proud of you.

    I am, too! [​IMG]
  6. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Give that fine young man a pat on the back for me, tell him he did good.
  7. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    Oh Drumstick... You're so mature for your age. Good for you for being a young man and putting the poor little chick out of it's misery. [​IMG]
  8. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    How did he do it??? What a tough young man, I've had 7 chickens out of my 87 die, 4 as chicks and 3 from other things as juveniles. One was a culled chick, on day one. It made me sad. He's a strong little guy!!!
  9. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Quote:Good parenting also shows in times of crisis.
  10. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Thank you all. Only this group would really understand. [​IMG]

    I've been asking myself all day how I could let him do it. We aren't
    farmers. We live in the CT suburbs. I'm glad yesterday was his
    last day of school this year so he couldn't tell the other kids, few
    of who would understand. I could only imagine what their parents
    would think.

    Thanks Friends.

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