Saturday, 21 May 2011

No More Norman

Norman - The New Hampshire Red cockerel

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Lovely Hubby had to do a very brave deed this morning, Norman our beautiful New Hampshire Red cockerel was limping yesterday, when he got up this morning it was very obvious that his leg was causing him a great deal of pain.
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After jumping down from the henhouse he gave his usual loud and impressive cock- a -doodle- doo, and then took himself off to sit quietly. We could not let such a heavy bird suffer being only able to stand on one leg, especially when he already has problems walking, so he has been swiftly and humanely despatched. He will not be in a pie, Lovely Hubby has decided. I am so pleased.
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The farm is a quiet place this morning, Caldwell is crowing and there is no answer.
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Sue xx

13 comments:

  1. Awww I'm sorry to hear such sad news, at least he's not in any pain now though. x

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  2. Aw. Rest in peace, Norman. My lady has had to put down a chicken friend and it's most definately not a fun thing to do. Thank you for ending any suffering Norman had with that bad leg.

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  3. I don't think I could do that but I know it has to be done. I'm sorry for your loss. I'm glad Norman is no longer suffering.

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  4. So sorry to hear about Norman, I loved his story, and grew quite fond of him through your blog. Hope the peace and quiet is not too hard to take. xx

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  5. So sorry to hear about Norman.

    Sft x

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  6. I am sorry .... you have captured Norman in all of his roosterly glory. The photos are wonderful reminders of him.

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  7. Thank you for all these lovely comments.

    Knowing that you all understand our sad decision has been a great reassurance.

    When you have animals, be they farm animals, birds or pets, you have a huge responsibility to make their lives as happy, safe and enjoyable as possible. That sometimes means difficult decisions have to be made.

    Thank you for understanding.

    Sue xx

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  8. So brave of you to make such a hard decision. Bless dear old Norman, quite the character xx

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  10. Hi Sue, it's so sad when something like this happens. We also had a NHR rooster - he was called Gladys but thats another story! He died of a heart attack one morning. It's taken me until recently to be able to replace him. He was such a sweet boy.
    Your mum popped in to say hi! Say hi back from me! x

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  11. no way! :) see, upside down lives!
    My new one is King Bertie :)

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