If you tuned into the news at all last Wednesday (10/19), you heard the tragic tale of Mr. Thompson and his exotic animals. Sad to say we had our own tragic loss on the farm that day. The heavy rainfall, soggy conditions and our naivety lead to the deaths of around a dozen of our meat chickens that lived in the outdoor pen. We believe it just got too wet for them and they died of hypothermia. It was a tough and sad learning experience for us, one we are sure to not forget. We have since learned that putting down straw in the pen is a way to keep them warm and dry. Now that we have done this, during the more recent rains we have had no more loss. Amazingly, there are still 8 meat chickens living and we have yet to lose a turkey (they are supposedly hard to raise). I have heard that you should not eat the meat from animals that died of natural causes, but I have yet to find a scientific reason why. Anyone have an answer for me?