It was inevitable I guess, as the Ancient Warren was in her eighth year. Dry eyes and almost a smile.
Warren lived an exceptionally long and healthy life. She quit laying about 20 months ago, having only laid a couple in her last 3 years. Always greedy and grumpy,never broody. She started sleeping a lot in the last few weeks, but her feathers felt lovely and she maintained a good weight. On Monday she looked very lethargic and spent much of the day asleep. When the chickens went down to the pen, I saw Artemis (Dark Brahma cock) standing over something, protecting....initially thought it was the dog's toy. It was Warrren....slumped over to the side. I bought her in. She ate heartily and slept inside overnight. Next day she went out and slept much of the day in the rare sunlight. Tuesday night she was bought in the house again. Wednesday morning she was slumped over and barely conscious and slipped quietly away during the morning.
I believe she never really had a moment of suffering in her whole long life. So dry eyes and a definite smile.
But Gwladys is a ewe....not due to lamb for at least 10 days, probably more. She has gone into early labour and is not progressing at all. Things do not look good. So....please join me in a prayer for this lovely lady who is super-friendly ex-bottle girl.