My Stupid, Stupid Family = 29 Dead Chicks

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Rachel96, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. Rachel96

    Rachel96 Songster

    Mar 12, 2012
    South Australia
    I went out this morning. I was out about 3 hours, and my stupid father thought it would be a BRILLIANT idea to move TWO WHOLE BROODERS of chicks outside INTO DIRECT SUNLIGHT and WITHOUT WATER. And it's about 30* Celsius today - in the shade! I don't like to think how hot it is in direct sunlight.

    I got home to find the two brooders full of inert, unmoving chicks, lying down with their mouths open. There were 60 chicks there - and now 29 are dead and 4 are in 'intensive care'.

    "I'm sorry," he says, "I thought it would be all right. I've seen them outside before."

    Yes, dear father, yes you have - on cool days (below 25 degrees), with water and shade. What possessed you to put them in the sun, on concrete, with no water or shade?

    "Oh... I didn't really think. I'm sorry."

    Yes, well, 'sorry' doesn't quite cut it, not when TWENTY-NINE chicks are dead, FOUR are almost dead, and FIVE of the dead ones were special ones - the rest were just general mixed-breed layer-type hens - these others were frizzled and silkied.

    You know, if it were my younger sister, who knows zip about caring for anything, maybe I could understand this.

    But it's my father, who claims to have been raising poultry since he was a child. Who once said to my mother (a few weeks ago), "I think Rachel almost knows as much about chickens as I do."

    Well... yeah, right. Think again. Who has lost all 24 of his flock to foxes this year? Who just MURDERED 29 innocent chicks?

    I suppose I shouldn't be mad at him. After all -- he's English. He probably doesn't realise that THE SUN IS NOT YOUR FRIEND! Actually, I knew that - he goes out shirtless to work in the yard in summer and sunbathes without sunscreen and get a horrible burn because, apparently, having a tan or sunburn is some sort of weird 'status symbol'. Well, maybe in England, but over here it's a symbol that you were too stupid to slip, slop, slap.

    And I shouldn't have gone out - I should have stayed and kept an eye on the chicks, made sure they had water and shade. I should have taken better care of them - I mean, to all intents and purposes I'm their mother - they're mine. I'm obviously not a very good mother if I let them die.

  2. MTHauber

    MTHauber In the Brooder

    Dec 28, 2012
    Leesburg, GA
    Sorry to hear about the chickens [​IMG]
  3. Rachel96

    Rachel96 Songster

    Mar 12, 2012
    South Australia

    I just needed somewhere to vent - I didn't expect anyone to actually read this!
  4. kacklinkelly

    kacklinkelly Songster

    Oct 12, 2012
    Southwest Desert
    It's been read and I just don't know what to say other than
    Family, gotta love em.
    So, so sorry
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Sorry about that... :(

  6. Mattemma

    Mattemma Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    Sorry for your loss.We all make mistakes,and sadly it sometimes results in the death of living things.Best to make this a teaching moment for family minus any attitude(which I know is hard).The important thing is for all to learn from this so it does not happen again.
  7. my sunwolf

    my sunwolf Songster

    Apr 22, 2012
    Southwest Virginia
    My Coop
    Oh no, I am so sorry [​IMG] That's terrible. I agree with Mattemma that it should be a lesson to your father that you are the one that cares for the chickens, that he not need intervene.
  8. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    Just awful.
  9. Baymule

    Baymule Songster

    Jul 1, 2010
    Northeast Texas
    Rachel, so sorry about your babies. You can pick your friends, but you can't pick your family. [​IMG] I am sure your father feels badly about this. Better for you to come here to rant, than to blow up on your dad.

  10. So sorry! I just LOVE when family think they know more about chickens than we do. For instance... I bought a new rooster the other day and he crowed twice ( only TWICE!) so my mom got the big idea to go put him in a chicken wire pen in the pouring rain.... He's a flippin' silkie!

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