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he died in my arms

January 26, 2019

Tin Man has been the third main rooster to lead our flock. He's been recovering nicely in the pheasant coop for the past few days. 


I moved some Lavender Orpington hens in with him to keep him company and to produce some pure Lavender Orpington chicks to hatch out. For that project, I had to install a nesting box into the coop.


Before wrapping up the project for the day, I picked Tin Man up to see how he was doing. He was heavily winded - possibly tired or stressed from the situation. Right before I put him down, he whipped back from me and seemed to snap his neck. He passed away only minutes after doing that.

It was a frustrating and upsetting situation. Burying our great rooster after I thought he was headed towards recovery. I feel awful. Tin Man - you will be missed, my friend.

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