My Stupid, Stupid Family = 29 Dead Chicks

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

  1. Rachel96

    Rachel96 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry to hear about the chickens [​IMG]
     
  3. Rachel96

    Rachel96 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks.

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

    kacklinkelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    Sorry about that... :(
     
  6. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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

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    Just awful.
     
  9. Baymule

    Baymule Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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