|View from above, sleeping Percy tucked safely by the food dish.|
I have grappled with this decision for a very long time. I have lost many hours of sleep and cried many a tear over the entire situation. In my heart of hearts, as I watched Percy grow and develop, it became clearer to me that he would require much more attention than I was able to provide. With Percy's bad leg and his constant wing flapping while getting around, I would not be able to take Percy into the house. I also knew that Percy would never be able to integrate into a new flock. Most likely, he would be seen as a weak bird and constantly tormented by the others. Percy would need to be in a separate cage. Chickens also need companions. Therefore, I made the decision to send Percy with one of his healthy siblings to the farm sanctuary. His siblings have accepted him. I know this because they all still sleep together huddled together on the pine shavings. Best of all, Percy will not be alone.
|2 week old Dottie Speckles pays a visit to 5 week old Percy|
Percy is now almost six weeks. I will try and watch over the next 24 hours who likes to be with Percy the best. This is the sibling that will accompany him to his new home. I will also allow my children to name Percy's companion. Giving something life that was not intended to live is miraculous in itself. I am proud to share this lesson with my children. I am also glad that my children were able to witness believing in something that given the circumstances might not have been allowed to persever. Our family has all been touched by Percy Peepers. He is a brave little chicken with a big heart, courage and perseverance.
Our trip is planned for tomorrow.
If you would like to make a donation to the farm sanctuary where Percy and his sibling will go, please click here. Thank you to Cheri for believing.