Tilly, sweet Till
by Lisa Lajoie
(Huntington, NY )
The sweetest little red bantam cochin. She was always so sweet to me.
During this harsh winter, I noticed her hanging out under the heat lamp in the coop (yes, that helped ME sleep at night).
Then a few days later, my bedtime count was off by 1. I knew it was her and found her huddled outside under the coop in the freezing cold. She had been exiled.
I brought her in to my living room where she spent her last 2 weeks of life. I never figured out what was wrong with her, but having the others immediately attack her when I tried to put her back outside with her flock 2 days later, convinced me that she was indeed not well.
Nothing I tried worked. She died in a peaceful, warm, safe place.