If you fight – I suppose you must be prepared to lose … sometimes. Well, we lost this round. I was soaring on visionary wings with these chickens, that is, until they all died. All 10 chickens are dead. We were taking it to the next level by bringing in a rooster and 4 laying hens. Unknown to us, the rooster was carrying a lethal disease (possibly Newcastles Disease). He died within 2 days and then slowly the rest of the flock died. It was so sad to see and I will spare you the pictures of crippled chickens. The four laying hens turned out to be old battery chooks who, being vaccinated, are blissfully enjoying their new life without competition and not doing much egg laying at all. So now we must begin again to rebuild a flock and try to breed up some nice laying chickens. But its hard to get back up again after such a loss. Its another component to a very long list that sheds light on why these people are poor. In Australia, we’d probably have such lethal sicknesses under control. But here, poor folks with few assets lose all their precious chooks in one hit. I am very sad.
As we wallow together in avian misery, I might as well recount another loss. Mauk Moruk, the “rebel” leader has been killed. He was leading a group that was demanding that the government stand down and had a fair number of armed (and unarmed) followers. The police and military were closing in on him and apparently he did not want to give in and was killed in the shoot out. His body is yet to be buried. There is lots of talk about who will do what now. Farmers in the east want freedom to go out and work their fields since being in lock down for the last few months or more. I hope and pray that things will calm down so we can all get on with the fight for a better life.