Sadly my beautiful cockerel, Sam IV, passed away on Wednesday morning, having tried very hard to survive the attack made on him by the farmer’s dog some two weeks ago. It is very sad not to see him, loping along with his funny lopsided way of running, after his hens; warning them when Chocolat comes too near for comfort, as she is known at times to have a little cheeky run at them sending them off in all directions, and generally just not having him around!
The story of the Sams : Sam N°I turned out to one of the breed which does not have feathers on their necks (not a pretty sight), so he was exchanged for Sam II, who was unfortunately eliminated by a fox together with his entire brood but one which was sitting on eggs. He was replaced by Sam III who took to attacking me: he was given three warnings that if he continued with his antics he would become Coq au Vin, which is the way it was to be. Sam IV must have been warned by his new brood when he arrived: he was such a lovely, gentle, totally non aggressive bird, I am really going to miss him. We are now awaiting the arrival of his successor, Sam V, together with four new young Hendrikas (to bring some new blood into the coop).
Well-being tip : We must be careful of the source of chickens we buy. Battery-raised chickens are subjected to crowded living conditions and often substandard feed; they require frequent doses of antibiotics and growth hormones to reach adulthood. Many develop cancers and these cancerous chickens are not necessarily discarded. According to researcher Virginia Livingston Wheeler, these cancers can be transmitted to humans. (Nourishing Traditions Sally Fallon)