April 17, 2011
Percy Peepers stands alone

I haven’t talked much about Percy Peepers lately.  I guess because part of me finds the entire situation sad.  Percy Peepers continues to eat and drink but does not seem to be growing much.  He is about half the size of his siblings and it seems that Dottie will soon surpass him. In addition, Dolly Mama who cared so tenderly for his special needs decided a few days ago to return to the large flock.

Percy is having a very difficult time getting around the coop.  Often, I find him alone to the side.  His weight now seems too much for his little legs to bear.  Usually I find him in a corner off to the side, observing his siblings participating in chicken life. Some stop over and say hello, but their time together is very brief. Luckily at night, I still find Percy Peepers sleeping together with the other chicks. I do not think that he will ever survive outside.

I know that over the next few weeks, I must make some difficult decisions. Some may say that he is only a little chick, but to me he has conquered so many hurdles and touched my heart along the way.  It is very hard when you love something to make a difficult decision.

Not alone for long

Photo Credit:  Tilly’s Nest


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7 thoughts on “Decisions”

  1. I've been following Percy's story and I'm sorry to hear of your dilemma. I'm hoping to get my first backyard flock in a few weeks, and I know that it may not all be rosy, all of the time. We can't help but give our hearts to these sweet little creatures…poor Percy. You've tried your best with the little guy 🙁

  2. Thank you all for your kind words. I like the idea of a farm sanctuary. I will definitely look into that. I think I mostly need to make sure that he is not suffering, is not in pain and can have a good quality of life.

  3. I think you should keep Percy. You don't know what someone else would do to him if he doesn't grow. I don't want to even think about that. I have a question, do you like Percy Peepers more than the other chicks?


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