Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sweet Runty; R.I.P.

We lost a couple of little battles this week. Earlier this summer we had a couple of surprises in the chicken yard when one of our little Old English Game hens hid in a wall with some eggs and managed to hatch them. We got two adorable little chicks, but didn't get any pictures of them. This week one became paralyzed in her legs and we had to have her euthanized.

Last year another Old English hen hid with some eggs, and brought forth the little brood you see in the accompanying picture. Most of them were roosters, but one little girl who did not develop fully, we named Runty. She was tiny and delicate, but sweet and personable as are most Old English Game chickens. We looked out for her carefully as she was so much smaller than the other birds and could easily get beat up on or trampled. She got sick earlier this year, but pulled through okay, then last week she got sick again. This time we lost her. In spite of all our best efforts our sweet, innocent little Runty went over the Rainbow Bridge. She was strong and held on for quite a while, but finally let go on Friday night. I cried a lot. She did not deserve this ugly, lingering end. In retrospect I wish I had taken her to the vet as well. I hate death but it is a sad fact that we live in a broken world and it will not be better on this side of Heaven.

After euthanizing the first chick earlier this week, the vet suggested we might want a necropsy (autopsy) done. We concurred and signed the consent papers. Yesterday I spoke to the vet and he did not yet have the results of the histopathology but the person performing the necropsy saw nerve swelling suggestive of Marek's disease, one of the more dreaded things your flock can contract. I am very sad. We used to have a clean and healthy flock, Marek's is forever. I feel tainted, like we have the plague and should be ostracized from polite (and disease-free) society.

We'll miss you Runty.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Take My Poll...Who Should the Democrats Put Up in 2012?

Check out my poll on the sidebar, let me know who you think the Democrats should run for President in 2012.

I have a guess it WON'T be The One.


Thursday, September 03, 2009

British Death-Care; Coming Soon to a Hospital Near You

It seems that I am spending most of my blog time trying to raise awareness about the political absurdities currently swirling around us. Here's another; though Obama's cronies are trying to downplay the idea of "Death Panels" associated with the health care plan under congressional consideration, one must not take their objections seriously.

It has come to light in Britain that sick people are being placed with great regularity on the "fast track" toward death. Wasn't it former senator Tom Daschle (among others) who made headlines by saying it was the duty of old people to get out of the way and die?

They are trying to put nice, sweet euphemisms in place of what they are really doing. They are killing people before their time. What kind of monsters have we become?

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

The GovernmentCan! Awesome Video!

This is a great one I saw at Frugal Café Blog Zone; more words are not needed! Watch and enjoy, spread it around!

It's Not America Anymore

This is a must-see video. A police officer in Reston, Virginia, tells a protester to get rid of his anti-Obama poster. When the man tries to assert his Constitutionally protected right to free speech, and reminds the officer that "this is the United States of America", the officer responds "it ain't anymore".

We are in seriously frightening times in this country. The political actions we are seeing mirror what the Nazis did before World War II in Germany; I have it on good authority from one who was a young adult at the time. The sun is setting on our freedoms and there is a huge contingent of wack-job socialists who think it's a good idea.