Aging Sucks

young white rooster

Today I found our older white rooster in the same barn pen he was in yesterday.  So I figured out he probably couldn’t fly out and since there was no food or water in this pen, this was an issue.  I got him out of there, and he ate ravenously but was having problems drinking water out of a tall bucket.  So I grabbed him and moved him into the convalescent poultry pen with a recovering lame duck and hen.  Here he is feeding in his new retirement home.

old rooster

The top photo is of him in 2009.  He was such a proud and beautiful creature, and it is so sad to see him in his decline.  Others are in their decline too.  Sadie in 2007:


Sadie today:

old sadie

Sheila in 2005:


Sheila today:

old sheila

So aging sucks.  I still do not understand why the cells of chickens and sheep cannot last as long as those of geese or donkeys.  Or humans, for that matter.

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3 Responses to Aging Sucks

  1. Pingback: Odd Teat, Head Rooster and Shearing Old Sheep | Schoonover Farm Blog

  2. elmediat says:

    The old rooster remembers
    (W)Hen he was young.
    Dawn arrives later each day.

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