Beautiful Skyline - a hen in a million

by Sarah, The Hennery
(East Sussex, UK)

Skyline - our favourite chicken.

Skyline - our favourite chicken.

This is something I posted when she died, almost two years ago. I wanted a more permanent memorial for her and your page is perfect.

Sad day today. We had to finally say goodbye to our Skyline. She would probably have gone on for a lot longer, with our help, but she couldn’t move about much, couldn’t lift up her head. Couldn’t really be a chicken any more.

So we made the decision. Goodbye to our favourite chicken, she’d been a great head hen and given us lots of lovely, large yolked, blue eggs as well as lots of laughs – she was very chatty and very comical! She survived two dog attacks on our flock, and had been very healthy up until recently.

I can’t recommend chickens enough. When we first got ours, our next door neighbour said “you’re going to spend hours just watching them!” I thought “no, not us, they’re just birds”. So we didn’t name them and talked about the possibility of eating them when they ceased to lay eggs.

It wasn’t to be. I fell in love and I’m still in love. There’s nothing more relaxing than pottering in the garden with the girls chattering away in the background. They come in all shapes and sizes, some beautiful or impressive and others just comical! Their eggs are lovely ... you’ll always eat well if you have a few laying hens and some veggies.

They run up to see you when you go out to feed (or just pass time with) them. If you sit down, they come and sit next to you. If you talk to them, they talk back ... they all have different voices. When they die, and you miss them as much as you would any of your other pets, it reminds you why you keep them in the first place.

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My Skylines
by: Rose

I have 2 beautiful girls. Doris who is 4 and Heyhey who is 3 . Both are very vocal if anything they don’t like the look of is near by.

I had to get hubby to put a picket gate at the front door, Doris thinks indoors is exciting.
They have a large safe enclosure but when I’m in the garden so are they helping with the weeding.

Both lay blueish eggs. I love my girls, such characters

Skyline Chickens
by: Thomas Lamprogiorgos

I am told that Skylines (also called Columbines I think) are created by crossing a Cream Legbar Rooster with a Rhode Island Red hen.
They have a wonderful personality and they lay many eggs.

Thank you Cath
by: Sarah

Thank you for your kind comments. She was a hybrid hen, a cross between a red hen (not sure which type) and a Cream Legbar. It was the cream legbar that gave her her looks and the blue eggs! The eggs have quite a high yolk to white ratio if that's what you like.

I know it was terrible for you when you lost your girls. Hopefully, there'll be no repeat of the situation with all the precautions you're taken.

I love my chickens and it would be difficult to be without them! xx

A beautiful memorial to a beautiful chicken.
by: Cath.

Dear Sarah,

Thank you so much for writing such a fitting tribute to Skyline. Truly, she was a very pretty chicken. I would love some blue egg-layers - what breed was she?

She obviously had a wonderful life with you and I think that's the best we can do for our chickens - give them the best possible life until the time comes to say goodbye.

I couldn't agree more with you about the joys of having chickens, and their amazingly tasty, nutritious eggs. When most of mine were killed last year I thought I could never face having them again because of the pain of losing them, I missed having them around so much that I just couldn't resist having more.

It's not just the eggs but, as you say, the pleasure they bring - they're such a great antidote to the pace of life these days.

Thank you again for sharing Skyline's story. It was a real pleasure to read it.

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