Mini Pearl

by Terra
(Texas)

Today I came home to find Mini Pearl fast asleep on her nest with her sweet head hung down. My grandmother had found her just before so I had a slight chance to prepare myself.

I have no clue why she has passed. No obvious signs, all I can conclude would be a heart attack (but was not on her back) or a bound egg (still inside her track).

I've lost several chickens due to predator attacks but this one, not knowing, a mystery is even more unsettling.

I will miss you my little white tailed fluffy girl. You are one of my Golden Girls the original I will never forget. Love you sweet girl!

You were a sweet girl who was loved by many.

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Dear little Pearl

by Linda
(Texas)

She was an Americana Bani and so loving. She loved to ride on my husband's back or sit on top of his bald head while he worked in the yard. She was beautiful and laid beautiful light green eggs.

No reason for her death. Found her yesterday morning. She will be missed. She was loved.

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Rest in peace.

by Antony
(Klerksdorp, South Africa)

Rest in peace, my dear chookie...I'll miss you. Thank you for all the joy you brought to me. Bless you.

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Babs.

by Denise Laing
(Tyne and Wear,u.k.)

Babs, Sept 2016-Feb 2017

Babs, Sept 2016-Feb 2017

One of three hens I got for my allotment last year.

She lived on plot 22, with Margo & Ethel. Quieter than the other two, she happily went about her day. Sunbathing, sitting on top of the coop, pecking around or sitting in the sand area, in an old tyre.

She was always last into the coop at dusk, sometimes waiting to be lifted in.

I will miss her but know that she had a short but happy life.

R.I.P. Babs.

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Princess blueberry

She came to us as a day old chicken who became my granddaughter's very favorite.I couldn't help but favor her also.

She was a elegant Silkie with pretty bright blue checks hence Princess Blueberry. I always choose her tiny bumpy eggs over the other girls. They seemed to be special.Very tasty indeed!

Tonight I went to put the girls to bed and there lying still was my special girl.

She was comical the way she ran to be with the others. Princess blueberry was shy and sweet and endlessly curious. She survived a close call with a red tailed hawk last summer barely escaping. She knew her name and enjoyed following me around the garden in hopes of a tasty worm.

I will miss her terribly. Perhaps I'll never stop looking for her funny hairdo as she ran out her door in time for breakfast.

Princess Blueberry's life was short, only a year old but it was a happy one.

We will miss her .May she rest in peace in the mint garden and feel the warm earth on a crystal blue summer day.

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Tiny Chicken

by Alisha Berkland
(Georgia, United States)

R.I.P. Tiny chicken. I don't know why you stopped growing, but I'm sure you are better off now that you're not being trampled.

I'm glad my daughter got to snuggle you last night before you passed today ❤💔

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I am chicken-sitting

by Casey
(Phoenix, AZ)

This one that died didn't have a name yet. She had dark feathers. Yesterday she was in the place where they lay eggs and she wouldn't come out.

There was an egg under her and I took it out and put her back on the nest thing. I guess she was sick and I didn't know it.

Well, my friend warned me before she left that this might happen, but I'm still sad.

Chickens are cute.

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To all our chickens...

by Rachel
(Dorset)

We had 9 lovely chickens, one of them the friendliest cockerel you would ever meet.

When I came down to feed them in the morning, none of them were there. Our lovely bantams had been stolen by someone I must have met, as only our neighbours knew about them. I couldn't believe someone could stoop so low.

Our 4 larger chickens had been let out, they were obviously 'not worth anything'. They were all killed by the fox.

Thank you, lovely chickens! You were fantastic pets.

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Our First Loss

We lost our first girl today. We had her for three years...she died in her sleep.

No reason at all. I read your story about Sophia-Lor-Hen and it sounds exactly like ours.

We will miss our girl. She was a good pet.

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Outcast

by Sarah Ellis
(Gallatin, TN)

Outcast was one of my first hens, a Red Sex-link. I'd had her for five years until last December of 2016, when an incident happened.

We had a tin bin which we put food in and it hung, and one of the screws on the bottom became loose. She got her jaw stuck on it, and broke her jaw so that it hung down low on her face.

We took her to the vet, but no one offered to help her. I had to put her down on my own the day after.

RIP Outcast.

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In memory of my Azathoth

by Daniel Petzen
(New Zealand)

The first 18 month of Azathoth's life was a living hell as a cage hen in a factory.

She sat terrified of the open space (a few square feet), plucked bare and just stared at me when she first arrived.

She then transformed into a healthy and happy chook that just loved the 9 month of freedom she had before she died.

She was not extraordinary in any way, but simply enjoyed life as fully as any chook could ever do.

My 'farm animals' quickly changed into pets and when I found her dead on Saturday morning, then I felt exactly as it would have been a cat or dog.

I saw this page and felt that I really wanted to write something in her memory.

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Dec 04, 2017
I'm so sorry...
by: Cath

Hi Daniel,

I'm so terribly sorry to hear this. I guess when we adopt rescue animals, there's often going to be some problems because of the way they've previously been treated.

I have had rescue dogs for years and it's sometimes the same with them, but always worth it to know they're having a nice life, no matter for how short a time.

So I'm glad you have it in your heart to have more rescue chickens.

Sending hugs.

Dec 04, 2017
I just lost my second chook
by: Daniel Petzen

Thanks, Cath.

I just lost my second chicken, Nyarlathotep, who I ended up calling Snivels as she had a terrible cold when she first came to me (from a caged hen factory, just as Azathoth).

She was the top chook and a fantastic leader of the little flock of seven. Caring and loving and always looking out for everyone.

She had a terrible egg-related infection and the vet had to give her an injection to end her suffering.

It was just as bad to lose her as Azathoth, but even if it's like losing the dearest of pets each time, I've still set on taking care of as many rescue chickens as I can.

Rest in peace my lovely Snivels.

Dec 02, 2017

by: Cath

Thank you for your tribute to your hen, Daniel. Caged hens do have a terrible time, and it's wonderful to see them when they're first released and feel the grass beneath their toes.

Well done to you for rescuing her. She had a happy life while she was with you, and that's what counts the most.

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Big Girl......I miss you

Big girl was with me for 7 years. Always friendly and loved to be scratched on her belly. She would wait at the door for me and kept me smiling.

She fell suddenly sick and I nursed her for 2 months until an hour ago when I found her in her coop.

She made me smile and took my heart. Tell Peeps and Ed and Blackie to take care of you.

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Fly Free Harriet

by Becky
(Florida)

Harriet

Harriet

Harriet, along with her sister Pearl, came to live with us on December 1, 2013. They were "retired" sentinel chickens, used to detect the presence of encephalitis.

They were my first chickens, and a joy from the beginning. They would run to greet me when I got home from work each evening, and sit on my lap and tell me about their day.

Harriet was the chief'chicken in charge' and thought she ruled the roost. She loved dirt baths and stretching her wings in the warm sun. She laid beautiful brown eggs and was a joy to be around.

Sadly, she passed away uunexpectedly on September 19, 2016. She was a good bird and is greatly missed.

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Dec 02, 2017

by: Cath

Wow, Becky, that's a fascinating story. I had no idea chickens were used to detect encephalitis.

So Harriet did a lot of good in her life. That's something to be very proud of. and while she was with you, she was obviously well looked after and loved.

Thank you for giving Harriet and Pearl such a loving home.

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