A definite downer, but not a total surprise as he was never the healthiest rooster. The potential for disease is there but low. Still, it's better safe than sorry. His chicks look good.Oh no! I’m so sorry Dan- I know how beloved Pablo has been. I’m sorry for the loss and for the potential for illness going on. I hope things will work out there and be isolated, and the little one grows up good.
By now you'd think I'd know better than to get attached to a none to healthy chicken. Pure breeds don't make the best pets as they, all to often, get sick and die. Mix breeds make the better pet as they are genetically stronger on average. Kimmi's last pet hen was ten when she died; still laid a few eggs and was killed by a hawk-a mix breed. Since then Kimmi doesn't allow herself to think of chickens as pets; they die to easily for her taste. Shortly after we moved here to TN, disease wiped out most of the birds we had brought with us from WI.The many times you've mentioned him I know how important he was to you. I sure hope that there is nothing going on and that is was something only he suffered from.