with fluff passing on, I am worried about Crosby because jingles' time left is not very long. she has grown from a little commercial meat chick into a honking big feathered beach ball. her heart or legs are going to give out soon and crosby again will be all alone.
it is too bad that Loretta got stuck having to be nugget's friend because she was a good and healthy Crosby friend. even as a half grown bird, nugget was a problem with Crosby, he kept pecking her, that's why we originally split the threesome apart.
I suppose I could eventually, when the time comes, try one of the other remaining classy chicks with her but they like their life as it is or maybe another discarded hen will some day need us who would make Crosby a good and gentle friend.
the emotional lives of chickens, ducks and turkeys are just as important to me as the cats, pigs or the dogs. I personally find other species easier to understand tho. quite frankly the classy chicks as a large group have cannibalistic tendencies, they are kinder to each other when their group is very much smaller, nugget's innate hyperactivity and aggressiveness is way over the top, and floyd's violent and compulsive horniness I find unfathomable in a duck.
those birds really don't seem to have a species conduct of polite/peaceful living together order of behavior...it is every (wo)man for himself. for species that generally are meant to live communally, they are very individualistically self centered and competitive...even with lots of space and food available when they don't need to be so competitively driven.
what is interesting is when the classy chicks start to fail and they the once aggressors become a target where they are living and I move them out to be with Crosby...they stop being so mean. I don't know if it is because Crosby is so big and her size is intimidating but they do become really nice birds (except for nugget) when living with her.
I think Crosby is an old turkey soul..i think she is wise, kind and intelligent. and I think the classy chicks when they go to live with her, somehow recognize this. she survived the commercial farms, she survived years of isolation, living alone, she survives her blindness and mutilated, arthritic feet and still she is kind and enjoys the peaceful companionship of the smaller girls.
anyway..i worry about her. I hope jingles can happily stay with her friend for a long while yet ...jingles is a really nice bird too and I bet both of them are missing their other friend fluff today.