I didn’t quite know where to put this, as it’s more about the death of my sweet hen, Daphne. My chickens tend to drink out of a small pond we have in the front yard. We discourage this heavily and try our best to keep them out of that yard. It was unsuccessful this morning. She had been fighting a staph infection on her left toe. I had really high hopes as it seemed to be getting smaller. Anyway, whenever I discovered she wasn’t with the others but when I fed them, I knew something was wrong. I treat my birds like pets, petting them, cooing at them. And when my dearest was found I went into hysterics. In April I purchased 6 chicks, 4 red comets and 2 silkies. I’m now down to 2 red comets and 1 silkie. I feel like a bad pet owner. I’ve lost half of my birds in 8 months! I know that the deaths were technically out of my control, but I feel completely responsible as if I killed them innocently! I’m going to see about getting a higher fence to separate the yards, as well as a fence, but I’m worried about the money. We plan on isolating the birds from the connecting yard for the time being. In the spring I planned on getting a few more chickens. I can’t help but feel that I’m an irresponsible bird owner though, and that discourages me. I’m posting this for encouragement during this hard time. Attached are some images of her. She was such a sweet, goofy girl.