Gertrude the Good Chicken

by Joyce
(Eastern Shore, MD)

Gertie

Gertie

Gertrude, or "Gertie" or "Gertis-truid" was one of the "mean girls".

We bought all 4 of our girls together as one day olds. Henny (Hennrietta) Penny (Penelope) Gertie (Gertrude) and Bob (Roberta Jo). Penny became Benny at about 5 months old.

Gertie and Henny were inseperable, and we nick-named them the Mean Girls. Bob is the docile one.

Gertie was beautiful; grey with huge waddle. We lost her today to sudden chicken death, and part of the pain is not knowing why. She gave us the gifts of eggs daily and we loved her. She was exactly one year old.

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Apr 09, 2015
Gertie the mean but beautiful chicken!
by: Catherine

Joyce, thank you so much for your story about Gertie. She was indeed a beautiful chicken - a Polish / Poland, of course.

Sudden chicken death is such a hard way to lose a loved flock member. It seems so senseless as there is no obvious reason for it - one moment they seem perfectly healthy, the next they're not there any more.

Gertie was lucky to have such a happy life with you. I'm wondering how Henny is getting on without her? Chickens do seem to grieve like other animals when they lose a flock mate, especially when they've been together quite a long time.

Sending you hugs on your loss.

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