My best pal Betty

(Floris, Iowa)

My husband surprised me with 2 Buff Orpington chicks one spring - they were on sale at the tractor supply store after Easter. I named them both Betty since I couldn't tell them apart.

That was THIRTEEN years ago!!

I loved going to their pen with some of their favorite foods & chatting with them.
They gave us lovely eggs for many years, then quit for 3 years as they aged - but started laying eggs again when they were about 9 yrs old!!

Betty 1 died 2 years ago & it was then that Betty & I really bonded. She was very lonely & I needed someone to talk to.

I loved talking to her - she really listened, would cock her head & try to understand but usually her clucking comments sounded like advice to take things as they come; go with the flow. Wait for the bugs - the good things in life do come to you.

Betty passed this past Saturday. I cannot walk by her pen yet. I will miss her very much.

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May 13, 2014
A lovely tribute to a best friend.
by: Cath

Dear Leila,

I had tears in my eyes as I read your lovely, lovely memorial to Betty. What a wonderful tribute you wrote to a very special chicken.

How amazing that she lived to be such a great age - that is a real sign of the love and care you gave her for all of those thirteen years.

It is always so terribly hard to lose a chicken and when you've been as close as you and Betty obviously were, it's a hundred times harder.

I'm not surprised you can't go near her pen at the moment. You need time, and you'll know when the time is right.

You should be proud of the life you gave Betty. She was loved and cared for and that's more than many can say.

And I love the legacy she has left to the world. Those words of advice are so true. I especially love "Wait for the bugs - the good things in life do come to you." How very wise.

Thank you for telling us about your lovely chicken. I know you will miss her terribly and I'm thinking of you. xoxo

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