I have been reading the different Threads for a few months and have come to perhaps an unusual conclusion. So many seem to live with guilt or pass guilt feelings over the care of the Chickens or Ducks. I was trying to do most everything that was said then yesterday I said, "STOP" these girls have been made with the ability to survive even without all my efforts. Yes, they are Pets, yes I care about them, yes I hope that they produce eggs to eat for me and those I want to give them to BUT don't forget they are Fowl created for humans for food, Eggs or Meat. So, I have decided to do my best to take care of them but should I lose one every now and then..I am not going to have the GUILT I see posted here...nor am I going to drive myself crazy caring for them. I am JUST GOING TO ENJOY THEM.