It's common for ranchers to lose livestock from time to time. Coyotes. Hawks. Weather. Illness. There are so many factors out of our control that can contribute to a loss. Unfortunately, this doesn't make it any easier. We lost our Buff Orpington chick. I named her "Butter" and grew attached. Ranchers know not to get attached and I've learned that lesson early on in our backyard ranch. My plan is to wait until next year to replace her. We'll see how we do with our Rhode Island Reds and the Silver Laced Wyandotte through this year and then if all goes well, we'll buy another Orp. She was the only chick that had that traditional, cute, fuzzy, yellow likeness and I miss seeing her with the other girls.

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