All but one of the chicks has died. I’ve done everything I can, but I pretty much expected this.
Now that I know how this will play out with my birds, I’m going to work on a plan to secure a brooder pen area so that if Amy goes broody again, or one of the cochins, I will have a place I can keep them contained, on the ground and separated from the rest of the flock until they can move around without getting stepped on by everyone else.
It makes me really sad, but I was not prepared for this. Now I have an idea for how things should go.
We’re going to order our silkie chicks soon, and probably a couple other breeds as well. They’ll have to be introduced to and integrated with the flock, but I have plenty of time to prepare for that.
I’m nonetheless really sad about the whole thing. More so than I thought I would be.