A Chicken Memorial to
Beautiful Becky

by Denise Dlouhy
(Salisbury, NC)

I rescued Becky from a neighbor who didn't want her anymore. She had a bad leg but we took her anyway. Loved being held and gave us eggs every other day. It was very easy to get attached to her. She even knew her name and when I would go out to let her out of her cage she would rock back and forth as if to say "hurry up I want out".

I had her put down due to her leg getting worse. I had been taking her to an Avian Vet and he told me it's very hard for a chicken to get along with just one leg. It took a toll on her. She lost so much weight and I finally decided she'd had enough. I think I wanted to keep her alive for me.

I miss her so much and am getting an outdoor plaque to put on her coop as a memorial to her. We are in the process of building a larger coop and am getting the same breed as Becky. I was told she was a Light Sussex. Beautiful and sweet. I will never forget her!

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Beautiful Becky

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Jan 28, 2014
My pleasure!
by: Cath

That is entirely my pleasure, Denise. If you're looking for a nice, friendly community where everyone loves talking about chickens and everyone understands about the grief of losing one, have a look at my Facebook page here : https://www.facebook.com/RaisingHappyChickens - I'd love to welcome you. :)

Kindest regards,

Cath.

Jan 25, 2014
Thanks Cath!!
by: Denise

Thanks you so much for your kind comments. I love your site. It is so nice to have a place where I can talk about things that some people think is silly. I have heard "it's just a chicken" She was not "just a chicken", she was part of my family. Thanks again Cath, I have bookmarked your site and will be visiting often. God Bless...

Jan 25, 2014
Becky the Light Sussex Chicken - a heart-warming story!
by: Cath

Thank you so much for posting such a lovely tribute to your delightful chicken, Becky, Denise. I loved reading it.

It's heart-warming that you cared enough to rescue her in the first place, and then to give her such excellent care. Finding a good avian vet is not an easy task, and it's wonderful that you had someone who was able to give Becky good care and you good advice.

It's never easy taking the decision to have any animal or bird put to sleep, but for all of us who care about our chickens it's a decision which, sooner or later, we have to come to terms with.

You did everything good for Becky and when her time came, you were able to put your own feelings of grief and loss aside to make sure she had a peaceful and pain-free end.

From your picture she does look like she was indeed a Light Sussex - a very beautiful breed of chicken. I'm glad she brought you such pleasure.

I wish you every success with your new coop and your new chickens – and thank you again for sharing Becky’s story with us.

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