Aug 23, 2013

Flock Focus Friday, 8/23/13

It was a difficult week here at Blazing Trails Farm with the unexpected passing of Brutus, my six month old Mille Fleur Serama cockerel. He had a special place in my heart I am thankful for the time I had to appreciate his beauty, confidence and spunk while he was here. He was a joy to photograph and I have chosen to celebrate his life by continuing to share his larger-than-life personality through them. RIP little buddy.

 
 
This is how Brutus would have wanted to be remembered. ☺

I know Brutus would have been thrilled to know that his necropsy report noted his "well developed testicles."  Atta boy, Brutus.


395 comments :

  1. Kiki Wheeler8/23/13, 3:14 PM

    I am so sorry for your sadness and am happy there was no foul play...

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  2. Rachel Dennis8/23/13, 3:15 PM

    great giveaways

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  3. God bless Brutus. He will be sorely missed. Also? Good job on the well-developed testicles, sir.

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  4. I'm so sorry to read this as it sounds to me that the results will show poison. My heart goes out to you for your loss. No animal should ever have to suffer like this.

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  5. missmelinda8/23/13, 3:17 PM

    I love your contests!

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  6. Robin Farrell8/23/13, 3:21 PM

    What a beautiful photo tribute to Brutus. He was a gorgeous bird. You will miss him, but he'll always be in your heart! God gives us the gift of animals sometimes for a short time and sometimes for a long time. You most certainly made your time with Brutus a good time!

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  7. Angel Macias Wiles8/23/13, 3:22 PM

    Was such a beautiful boy!

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  8. Terri Beebe8/23/13, 3:24 PM

    So Kathy, is this preventable? What causes such a sudden death???

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  9. R.m. Hamilton Wilson8/23/13, 3:25 PM

    Wow. THank you for posting this report. I hope they find a true cause. Brutus was such a sweet little guy and I enjoyed watching all of his escapades as you posted them. Sudden death on a perfectly healthy animal is always suspicious and I am praying for the truth to come to light.

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  10. Karen in WA8/23/13, 3:28 PM

    but what caused the hemorrhage? You don't just start bleeding without a reason...

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  11. Brutus will be missed. Sorry for your loss Kathy. I hope they find the cause of his early death. Love the pics of him.

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  12. Monica Morel8/23/13, 3:29 PM

    Pulmonary hemorrhage, poor fellow! Sorry for your loss, we know your pain!

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  13. So sad when we lose our feathered kids..

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  14. I would love to get the vetracyn as you never know when you might need it.

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  15. Awsome tribute!!! I love your site. There is so much for me to learn!

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  16. openvoicetolistento8/23/13, 3:35 PM

    his lungs hemorrhaged by themselves or did the neighbor kick him? or is it viral and our other babies are at risk?

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  17. Jacque Cialone8/23/13, 3:35 PM

    He really was such a pretty boy. I love your pictures, they make me smile everyday! Thank you for sharing.

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  18. So what could have caused that bleeding?

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  19. Tina Lilley Mairs8/23/13, 3:40 PM

    so so sad for the loss of Brutus. He was a beautiful boy! I have a question...is it ok to have 2 roosters, is there a certain number of hens to have to accommadate 2 roos? A neighbor just lost all her chickens to a neighbor dog and one rooster survived but is now all alone. I don't want to take him if my Mr.Roo is going to be completely put off by the new addition to the flock. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. This immediately made me think of d-con :( We lost a small dog a year ago who accidentally ingested some during a move. I found this a few minutes ago:
    http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/a?dbs+hsdb:@term+@DOCNO+3916

    http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/policy/toxins/Profiles/brodifacoum.html

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  21. Lee-Ann Pittari8/23/13, 3:44 PM

    We are very lucky to have the precious animal babies we have. Some we have for very long time and some for only a short time. But each and every one has a special place in our heart and will never be forgotten. I am so sorry for you loss. I can imagine Brutus crowing by the rainbow bridge waiting patiently to once again dance for his girls and see his buddy Blaze.

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  22. Valerie Gruber8/23/13, 3:46 PM

    Yayyyyyy!!! Looks like im the first to comment!! Does that help to win?? :) Love the pics of Brutus!! Still tear up when i see them. I cant imagine how you feel.. :( I know what i felt like when my little silkie aquired a lump on her chest. It was as you said, must have been the crop. Lump is allllll gone and shes back to her normal spunky self. Thank you for all your informational blogs and give aways!!

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  23. Shelia Dawn Carter8/23/13, 3:47 PM

    I'm so sorry to hear that Brutus passed away. He was such a handsome rooster & I really enjoyed getting to see pictures & video of him. I hope your pain & grief will ease soon. I also hope you find out soon what caused his death.

    Sending lots of love & hugs your way.

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  24. Valerie Cottingham8/23/13, 3:48 PM

    My kids and grandson must think I'm crazy cuz I talk about Brutus like I lost a close family member. Thinkin of you often.

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  25. So sorry for your loss! :(

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  26. Linda Marinoski8/23/13, 3:52 PM

    so sorry for your loss, Brutus was quite the handsome fellow

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  27. Hi Kathy, so sorry about Butus. I loved seeing pics of him. He is so beautiful. I wanted to suggest on the states preliminary report that you block out your address. You never know about people. As I would respect your privacy, there are others that may not.

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  28. I was so sad to read about Brutus' passing. I hope the final necropsy report will answer your questions, & omit your neighbor from the equation...when will he be gone, again?

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  29. Brutus was a gorgeous creature....He was lucky to have you as a Mom!

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  30. kathleen lewis8/23/13, 4:02 PM

    Seramas are my favorite. Brutus was beautiful. Such a sad loss for you and for us as readers.

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  31. Such a beautiful tribute to a very beautiful bird. Those pictures would make a seriously gorgeous calendar...sorry for the loss of your sweet guy.

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  32. Corie Young8/23/13, 4:02 PM

    Your little roo will surely be missed. So many of us came to enjoy him as if he were part of our own flock. It is nice to know that the only "fowl play" was between Brutus and his feathered family.

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  33. I love love love this!!! thanks for posting this great montage of Brutus. He was such a character. I always enjoyed your posts of him. Your video comments are hilarious!

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  34. sorry for your loss, he looked like he was quite a character. Its so sad you have to consider the possibility that a neighbor might have something to do with this. I would hope no one would stoop that low, but some people do. Hope its not the case.

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  35. I guess we'll have to wait for the tissue samples to find out why a young, healthy bird had blood clots in his lungs.

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  36. I am so sorry about Brutus! He was a beautiful Rooster. My thoughts are with you and the rest of your flock.

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  37. Jen Thompson8/23/13, 4:09 PM

    read the prelim necropsy...lungs don't hemmorage (sp?) by themselves. jus' sayin'

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  38. Janet Gilmartin8/23/13, 4:09 PM

    RIP Brutus, your family and friends will miss you. I know God has a special place in heaven for all our beloved family(pets). Thank you Kathy for sharing your life and knowledge with us all.

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  39. Jenny Eatwell8/23/13, 4:13 PM

    Wow! So do they have any idea what caused the problem? (Oh and I'm sure you're absolutely right about Brutus and his testicles - I bet he'd be saying "Who'se the Daddy NOW, Blaze!"). :)

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  40. Allison Phillips8/23/13, 4:15 PM

    So sorry for your loss he was very handsome.

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  41. Tracy Carter8/23/13, 4:16 PM

    So sorry about the loss of your beloved Brutus. He was beautiful and evidently well endowed. :-)

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  42. Heartbreaking about little Brutus. The story of his life was full of love. He was a lucky little guy to have a Mom like you.
    I would like to try to win the Herbal Package. That is something that will last forever. And everytime I use it or make more of it, I will remember this little guy. He was my first Mille Fleur Serama to meet. I will miss you also, little friend.

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  43. beverlybowman8/23/13, 4:20 PM

    It sounds as if Blaze has has a tad of poison. The hemorrage is suspect. Blood thinners like rat poison could do the trick or even a human coumadin tablet.

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  44. Gorgeous photos. He was so amazingly beautiful.
    As much as I'd hate to think that he had something wrong with him, I really hope that the cause of the hemorrhages was biological rather than that this was done to him.
    Again, I'm so sorry for your loss.

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  45. Lynette Mattke8/23/13, 4:25 PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. He was a beautiful rooster.

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  46. Brutus will ALWAYS remain a superstar. So many wonderful photos ...

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  47. Tammy/Our Neck of the Woods8/23/13, 4:26 PM

    I am so sorry to hear about Brutus :( He was the most handsome rooster I think I've ever seen. All your photos of him are breathtaking - thank you for sharing them with us! I know how hard it is to lose a beloved animal, so you will be in my thoughts.

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  48. Debbie_Bruening8/23/13, 4:30 PM

    Please enter me in the drawing. The pictures of Brutus are so good. He was a beautiful creature! I love his crow too!

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  49. Maria Toll Dicken8/23/13, 4:47 PM

    I thought the comment about the testicles was funny as well. I am shocked by Brutus' passing and the results from the test are surprising. I guess we just never know...he appeared healthy. I thank you for sharing all with us...we learn so much from you and your trials and tribulations.

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  50. Brittany Font8/23/13, 4:47 PM

    So sorry to hear of your flock loss.

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  51. I am so sorry. Looks like he was quite a character. I love the way that the feathers on his front made him look like he was holding a towel around himself. As if he'd just got out of the bath to crow!

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  52. Rachel Zunino8/23/13, 4:49 PM

    I am so sorry about Brutus. He was a very handsome boy!

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  53. Sandra Conley8/23/13, 4:54 PM

    So sad for him I am going to miss the little fellow. But maybe all his trying to breed he made it. Fingers crossed. And to know know one did anything to him. So glad. Praying for some little ones soon. Rip Little Prince (king) He made some of the most beautiful pictures, and poses.

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  54. Poor Brutus! He was such a beauty :) Thanks for sharing the preliminary findings, Kathy. That coop pest control looks nice!

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  55. ramel raymondo8/23/13, 4:55 PM

    Wow Kathy ...Leaves a big lump in my throat , he was very Beautiful !!...Brutus will be missed for sure....

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  56. Karrie Sedlmeyer8/23/13, 4:58 PM

    what would cause blood clots & pulmonary hemorrhage in a 6 month- old-rooster???? he was such a beautiful boy........

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  57. He was such a beautiful boy! I am so very sorry to hear about his loss. <3

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  58. Melinda Vaikasiene8/23/13, 5:07 PM

    the photos are beautiful thank you for sharing. I am so sorry to hear about your loss.

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  59. Colette Bolster8/23/13, 5:09 PM

    Thanks for sharing all the pix!

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  60. Bonnie Small8/23/13, 5:10 PM

    so sorry for your loss.

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  61. Yes I bet Brutus would have been very proud of that notation lol. He was a beautiful boy and will be missed.

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  62. Cyn Van Antwerp8/23/13, 5:20 PM

    remembering brutus...

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  63. Vickie Redmond8/23/13, 5:29 PM

    My heart is deeply saddened for you on the loss of your Brutus. I am very attached to both of my roosters and it would just break my heart to ever loose them. They're my boys.

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  64. I just read this report but not sure what all that means...what would cause his lungs to fail like that??

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  65. Tina Edwards8/23/13, 5:36 PM

    Could use those!

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  66. Corviddreams8/23/13, 5:38 PM

    Aw, poor fellow! RIP.

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  67. Ach, That was a fine young rooster, just revving up to be cock of the walk some day.

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  68. kschickygirl8/23/13, 5:44 PM

    sorry for your loss he was a cute little fellow

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  69. I am so sorry about Brutus!
    xo jan@sewandsowfarm

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  70. Cherish Leppert Holland8/23/13, 5:58 PM

    He was such a gorgeous rooster! I am so sorry for your loss.

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  71. Lisa Dowdy Lampman8/23/13, 6:01 PM

    Poor boy! Look forward to hearing the final results. So sorry for your loss!

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  72. Marie Sassin8/23/13, 6:17 PM

    I am sorry about Brutus, he was a handsome little guy and I am sure the ladies and Blaze miss him too, he lived a wonderful life that a rooster could only dream of, even if it was a short life it was good.

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  73. Heidi Weeks8/23/13, 6:21 PM

    I loved how he would strut!

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  74. Meredith Skyer8/23/13, 6:37 PM

    Awww I'm so sorry to hear about poor Brutus. It's so hard when we lose one we love! You did a wonderful job of memorializing him through your amazing photos. I especially love the alarm clock one! Rest in peace little buddy.

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  75. Excellent tribute to Brutus. We all loved him! So much spunk in such a little package and cute as a button! Thank you for sharing your feathered family with us.

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  76. Julie Beaver8/23/13, 6:48 PM

    great photos, I really like the weathervane competition, so cute.
    So poison is not the cause? which is a good thing, but is it like a heart attack?

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  77. Kelli Claypool8/23/13, 6:49 PM

    What a beautiful way to honor Brutus. They you talk about Brutus reminds me of my Loverboy. He's 4 months old (barnyard breed...a/k/a unknown) and every morning when I open up the coop, he comes running out and flies to the top of my head and crows. Then he jumps to my shoulder waiting for me to hand feed him breakfast. I just love him!!

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  78. Bless his horny little soul! I hope they can figure out what happened to him!

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  79. Denise Allison Magil8/23/13, 7:12 PM

    i would like in on the give aways and yeas i am interested in further information "blood clot both lungs" eird why would a healthy birds have blood clots?

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  80. P.l. Forgash8/23/13, 7:29 PM

    Beautiful Brutus! I am so glad you have such talent with the camera Kathy, I look forward to enjoying this little guy's photos as you share them with us all. Thank you for sharing the prelim report too. Still shocking :( Take care!

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  81. Deborah Paterson8/23/13, 7:44 PM

    Sorry for your loss and thank you for sharing your photos...they have always been and are truly enjoyed.

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  82. What would cause blood clots in the lungs?

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  83. Dear Brutus, you will be sorely missed!

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  84. Eileen Schwanke8/23/13, 8:10 PM

    I'm so very sorry for your loss! He was a very handsome guy - very photogenic, too!!

    PS - Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  85. Ann Massarella Maxted8/23/13, 8:20 PM

    Love the herbs and the vetericyn!

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  86. Suzy Kirk Holbrook8/23/13, 8:27 PM

    So so sad for your loss! I loved your Brutus! I cannot read the report of Brutus by the vet. I tried several times. I will keep on trying to bring it up on my screen. My heart breaks for you and your family!

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  87. Brutus was a beauty!

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  88. Cindy Crager8/23/13, 9:01 PM

    So sorry for your loss!!

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  89. Cindy Crager8/23/13, 9:01 PM

    sorry for your loss

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  90. Kathryn Wetzel8/23/13, 9:20 PM

    So sorry for you lost of such a beautiful bird:(

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  91. Lulu from Oz8/23/13, 9:23 PM

    I'm so so sorry to hear this, he was a gorgeous boy and gosh I laughed at some of your pictures!! I would be so horrified if he was poisoned, how could anyone hurt a beautiful animal :(

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  92. So sorry about your rooster. I enjoyed looking at his photos.
    I follow with GFC.

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  93. JessicaHughett8/23/13, 9:39 PM

    So sorry for your loss. He was such a handsome boy! His memory will live in the hearts of many for a long time!

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  94. Rachel Luse8/23/13, 9:43 PM

    I hope you get the full diagnosis soon! When I had one necropsied they got back to me very fast, on the prelim and the final report!

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  95. Michelle Chun8/23/13, 9:44 PM

    What a wonderful way to honor the life of Brutus. I got giggles when hearing his crowing experiment at 7 weeks. He will definitely be missed.

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  96. Sarah@Heavenly Feathered Farms8/23/13, 9:45 PM

    I am so sorry for you loss. These are amazing pictures.

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  97. Didn't need science to tell me that young Brutus "had the goods." That was obvious from day 1. What was that phrase in the 50s? "Live Fast, Die Young and Leave a Beautiful Corpse" Brutus, you will live in my heart til I reach that great chicken coop in the sky, and beyond, if that is possible. Guess all that beauty and brains and courage and curiosity and wonderfulness was simply too much for a mere mortal body to contain. But you, young Roo, you definitely did it Your Way, All The Way. Thanks so, for brightening my days.

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  98. Farmlife Chick8/23/13, 11:08 PM

    He is so handsome! Looks like he had quite the personality!:)

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  99. So what does this mean, the necropsy? It seemed inconclusive with more to come?

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  100. Valerie Jensen8/23/13, 11:31 PM

    Thank you for sharing. So sorry about Brutus. :(

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  101. Shannon Graeber8/23/13, 11:33 PM

    Sorry to hear about your rooster we sure get attached in a short amount of time.Shannon Graeber

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  102. Kellie Hicks8/23/13, 11:38 PM

    Sorry to hear about brutus. I just read it on my fb page. He was a very handsome looking roo. and i loved his learning to crow. will miss seeing him on here. Take care. Hugs!

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  103. Nature Lover8/24/13, 12:59 AM

    What a wonderful tribute. Thank you for sharing Brutus with us.

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  104. so sorry about brutus love this giveaway

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  105. LarimoreLife8/24/13, 9:59 AM

    Dearest Brutus....
    You were a ":fine" specimen of what a Rooster should be...
    Send down MORE!!
    LarimoreLife Farm
    xo

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  106. Paula Langhorst8/24/13, 10:08 AM

    You are a wonderful person. He is very proud!

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  107. So sorry for your loss! He was such a handsome rooster

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  108. Tina Edwards8/24/13, 11:00 AM

    Coolness

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  109. jackie Jones8/24/13, 11:03 AM

    What a gorgeous bird.........RIP buddy!

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  110. Linda Ljung Cranford8/24/13, 11:04 AM

    I love your Blog, and

    read it daily.. learning so much...

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  111. Tracy Cronin8/24/13, 11:06 AM

    Poor Brutus. I'm so sorry for your loss. He was such a handsome fella, too. May he rest well in chicken heaven!

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  112. Linda A Leonard8/24/13, 11:08 AM

    Oh nice would love to win thank

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  113. Shannon Skalisky8/24/13, 11:08 AM

    Oh how I would love to win either of these two wonderful gifts... It still breaks my heart that you lost your Brutus. I thought about his beauty listening to my 3 month old Ameruacana trying to crow this morning... Thanks for everything you do. I am so thankful for the info you share... :)

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  114. Randy Francis8/24/13, 11:13 AM

    My wife and I enjoyed Brutus and his antics! Especially his weather vane vanity!

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  115. The little guy was like a precious jewel in so many ways. So sorry he is no longer with us but his memory will shine on in our hearts.

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  116. Oh Kathy my deepest sympathies. I know some people think 'it's just CHICKEN!" but I understand how they can get into your heart. I hope the necropsy turns up something

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  117. Deborah Gray8/24/13, 11:17 AM

    I would love to win !!!

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  118. Werblessed Ones8/24/13, 11:20 AM

    So sorry about Brutus!! I don't know how I missed the news of his passing. I try to catch all your posts. =(

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  119. LaDonna Martin8/24/13, 11:24 AM

    I would love to win...!

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  120. Tina Wahl Gosnell8/24/13, 11:29 AM

    Sorry for your loss of Brutus :-( I have seramas and have lost a few unexpectedly and no idea why. Is this common with the breed? RIP Brutus.

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  121. Joyce Zaleski8/24/13, 11:29 AM

    I'm so sorry for the loss of Brutus. He was loved by many and always will be. *hugs* to you Kathy!

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  122. Danielle Estes8/24/13, 11:36 AM

    Thank you for all the fun pics! I love them all

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  123. Laura Adrian Smith8/24/13, 11:36 AM

    Great pictures of Brutus, still so sad for you all. Great giveaway, hoping for Vetericyn, because I just ordered the herbs yesterday! :) I've spent too much time trying to procure all those herbs myself, so glad you did it for me!

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  124. So beautiful!

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  125. Kristye Betts8/24/13, 11:46 AM

    Yay! You have great advice and giveaways. I am so sorry about Brutus😥

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  126. So very sorry to hear your beautiful Brutus passed.We get so very attached to these awesome feathered friends,my thoughts are with you and your chicken family!

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  127. Kelly Zareski8/24/13, 11:49 AM

    Can't wait to try the herbs!!

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  128. Beautiful pics of Brutus! So sorry for your loss:(


    I have heard Vetericyn is very effective. Would love to have some on hand for the next chicken emergency.

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  129. Really need an injury treatment package. Nothing is ever where you need it, when you need it.

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  130. Would love either of the items!!

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  131. Kathy - I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't tell from the Necropsy report - do you think he was poisoned? Great giveaway, btw. I'm subscribed through email.

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  132. We am so sorry to hear that Brutus passed. :'( Brutus was a very handsome young Rooster. His larger-than-life personality and charm were conveyed so amazingly well, in his photos, videos, and mere presence. You have compiled such a lovely tribute to him. His mortal existence may have been short, but he captivated the hearts of so many of us, simply by his presence. Brutus, we hope that your passing was without pain, and that now you are with your own celestial flock of beautiful pullets. <3

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  133. Cindy Knighten8/24/13, 12:01 PM

    I'm so very sorry about Brutus. It's so hard to loose an animal that you really care about. I love your blog and have learned a lot. Thank you for always having the give-a-ways. Feel better!

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  134. Cyn Van Antwerp8/24/13, 12:06 PM

    not sure if I entered this contest, so please forgive me if this is a duplicate.

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  135. Shel Reitmajer8/24/13, 12:08 PM

    Anything that's good for their boo boo's is great! I wish they never got any boo boo's, but...

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  136. Carri Wieser8/24/13, 12:12 PM

    I would love to win the vetericyn package, and I love all the info on the blog

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  137. Tanya Rivera8/24/13, 12:16 PM

    RIP Brutus! He was gorgeous :(

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  138. All the pictures of Brutus are just breathtaking! May he RIP! <3

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  139. I was so sorry to hear about Brutus passing away. Please accept my condolences.

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  140. Donna Richardson Baker8/24/13, 12:25 PM

    Could've used some of the wound spray. Not sure if the hens were fighting or if something got hold of one of them.Thought we were going to have to put her down due to the wounds she sustained but she's doing good now. We wil definitely have to try the herbs.

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  141. Little Brushwood Alpaca Farm8/24/13, 12:27 PM

    We always have Vetericyn Wound & Infection Treatment in our first aid box for our chickens, alpacas & dogs. great giveaway

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  142. Katie Brown Stafford8/24/13, 12:28 PM

    So sad to loose a friend. My flock would loves your advice!!

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  143. Please enter me in this give a way, hope Rachael is doing good.

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  144. I am still so sad about Brutus. I will miss seeing him. I never liked little bitty chickens until a friend gifted my grand girl two pairs of Serama's. Mighty chicken in a little package. I am really enjoying them now. Love me some Vetericyn and use it for everything and highly recommend it to anyone having issues with their chickens.

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  145. Sorry for your loss this week. He was a beautiful Roo.

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  146. Sarah Eller8/24/13, 1:17 PM

    Thank you for sharing Kathy! My fav is deff the sweet heart-melting pic with the caption about caffeinated or decaf. :) You did a wonderful job capturing his true personality hun! I'm so very sorry for your loss. I just can't imagine life without our Solomon. Just something about these roos that captures my heart. I wish they layed, lol.

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  147. Rachl Zunino8/24/13, 1:23 PM

    Would love those prizes! So sorry about Brutus!

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  148. Evelyn Qualls8/24/13, 1:26 PM

    I would love to win the Vetericyn wound and treatment package. For that matter, the Spruce the coop herbal fusion would be great also. I just love receiving packages addressed to me. :) Thank you for all your very informative blogs.

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  149. I love my chickens!

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  150. Dawn E. Sarver8/24/13, 2:06 PM

    would like to be entered please, i really enjoy your blog i learn so much

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  151. So sorry for your loss. Brutus was a charismatic, handsome Roo! Like all of my bantam Roos (Silver Duckwing Old English Bantam, White Silkie, Black Silkie, and White Silkie/Ameraucana Cross) , he strutted, as though he was at least 6 feet tall! RIP Brutus!

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  152. Linda Krueger Moore8/24/13, 2:47 PM

    I miss Brutus!

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  153. Either of these would be nice to win. I love your pictorial tribute to Brutus, especially the snow picture-he looks so cute in that one.

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  154. Rayna Estness8/24/13, 4:28 PM

    So sorry for your loss hun :(

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  155. I'm so sorry for the loss of Brutus -- he seemed like quite a character. I've wondered how a flock reacts when one is no longer there.

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  156. TheChickenChick8/24/13, 5:08 PM

    Thank you, Elizabeth. The flock definitely feels the absence of a lost member of the family. :(

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  157. TheChickenChick8/24/13, 5:08 PM

    Thank you, Rayna. ♥

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  158. TheChickenChick8/24/13, 5:09 PM

    Thank you so much. ♥

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  159. TheChickenChick8/24/13, 5:09 PM

    Thank you Ali.

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  160. Sorry to hear about Brutus.

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  161. Esther widgren8/24/13, 5:19 PM

    So very sorry to hear about Brutus! He was quite the character! Been away for the past 10 days and sad to come home to this news :*(

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  162. TheChickenChick8/24/13, 6:11 PM

    Thank you, Esther. :(

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  163. TheChickenChick8/24/13, 6:11 PM

    Me too, Linda. :(

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  164. So sorry about Brutus - he was spectacular!

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  165. Melissa Mosley8/24/13, 7:58 PM

    he hears your comment about the large testicles and he is saying and you thought I was just crowing to crow? he was a beautiful chapter in your life thank you for sharing him

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  166. So sorry about Brutus, I know how heartbreaking it is to lose any of our little friends. He was a beautiful rooster with a great personality and I'll miss photos of him. Sure hope it wasn't your neighbors doing.

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  167. Wendy Montreuil8/24/13, 9:51 PM

    He was a wonderful bird - did the Dr. say what may have cause the hemoraging?

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  168. Sorry for your loss.

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  169. Bought my daughter some porcelain bantam chicks today. She's so excited to start her own little group of chickens

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  170. Rhonda Ostwald Ingalsbe8/24/13, 10:22 PM

    Absolutely heartbreaking. I am so sorry for your loss :(

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  171. He looked like the flag - so sorry!

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  172. Isn't it great getting stuff in the mail? Love it!

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  173. I was shocked to have read about the death of Brutus. I am so very sorry! I hope you'll find out definitive answers from the necropsy. I'd love to win either prize.

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  174. Elizabeth Sherrill8/24/13, 11:12 PM

    I'm sorry about Brutus. He was such a cute little feller.

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  175. Anne Wright-Cunniff8/25/13, 1:10 AM

    I never would have expected to be emotionally invested in a rooster I've never met, but I gasped when I read about Brutus. What a devastating loss. He was such an adorable boy.

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  176. TheChickenChick8/25/13, 1:31 AM

    Thank you, Rhonda.

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  177. TheChickenChick8/25/13, 1:31 AM

    Thank you, Melanie.

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  178. TheChickenChick8/25/13, 1:32 AM

    I haven't consulted with a vet about the results. The report was preliminary and I'm waiting for the final.

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  179. TheChickenChick8/25/13, 1:33 AM

    Thank you. ♥

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  180. TheChickenChick8/25/13, 1:35 AM

    I don't know, he was my first. :(

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  181. TheChickenChick8/25/13, 1:35 AM

    Thank you, Joyce. ♥

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  182. TheChickenChick8/25/13, 1:36 AM

    Thank you, Cheryl.

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  183. Laura Graham8/25/13, 1:40 AM

    Great photo tribute. Brutus = love.

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  184. TheChickenChick8/25/13, 1:49 AM

    Thanks for the smile, Dory. ♥

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  185. Richard Schmitt8/25/13, 8:23 AM

    My wife and I are very sorry for your loss as we have two roosters and understand how they become family so quickly. All the best to you and your flock.

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  186. leslie postin8/25/13, 9:06 AM

    I am so very sorry about Brutus! I am very happy to have discovered your blog and to see others care about their chickens so much xx I am new to chickens, this year, and already lost a hen to being eggbound, and was devastated.. nice to find a kindred soul xxx

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  187. Waiting on final results - I'm curious as much as vested. I would love, love, love to win the Vetericyn prize package!

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  188. TheChickenChick8/25/13, 11:53 AM

    Thank you, Richard.

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  189. TheChickenChick8/25/13, 11:53 AM

    Some vets that have been consulted think he could have been.

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  190. Heather Schleifer8/25/13, 1:21 PM

    OMG I can't believe I missed this heartbreaking info on my news feed! I am so sorry that Brutus has succumbed to something so awful, he had a special place in my . I just loved that little guy and his cute antics....I am sorry for your loss....

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  191. hannahking008/25/13, 1:53 PM

    I feel so bad for you. But at least it wasn't the neighbor's fault.

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  192. Laura Graham8/25/13, 3:11 PM

    So glad to hear I'm not the only one who saw the flag in him!

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  193. TheChickenChick8/25/13, 3:11 PM

    Thank you, Heather. He is missed. :(

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  194. TheChickenChick8/25/13, 3:13 PM

    Thank you Robin. ♥

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  195. TheChickenChick8/25/13, 3:13 PM

    Me too, Randi. Thank you.

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  196. TheChickenChick8/25/13, 3:13 PM

    Thank you, Mary. ♥

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  197. TheChickenChick8/25/13, 3:13 PM

    That's the million dollar question, Karen.

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  198. TheChickenChick8/25/13, 3:14 PM

    Thank you Monica. ♥

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  199. TheChickenChick8/25/13, 3:14 PM

    That's the big question. I still don't know- not all the tests are back.

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