R.I.P. Mrs Cluck

by henry
(kaministiquia,on.canada)

She was pronounced dead on the afternoon of Jan 4th 2018.

She was a nice chicken. She had nice feathers and she was in good health.

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by: Cath

I'm so sorry to hear about Mrs Cluck, Henry. Sometimes it seems that chickens die for no apparent reason, as my article about Sudden Chicken Death Syndrome says.

I'm very sorry for your loss. RIP Mrs Cluck.

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Sweet PuffPuff

by Christine Miley
(Florida)

My sweetest and silliest hen.

You taught me just how awesome chickens are. You were my friend and I know you thought of me as yours. You'd sit on my boot waiting and expecting to be picked up and cuddled, and run to me for treats when I'd call.

Such a silly girl, always laying your eggs in the feeder instead of the nest. I never knew how much a chicken could impact my life but you showed me. Thank you.

I miss you. I'm thankful that you passed away in my arms where you loved to be. Rest in peace in the botanical garden sweet girl, your favorite place to scratch for bugs.

I love you.

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Thank you for your memorial, Christine.
by: Cath

Thank you so much for leaving this tribute to PuffPuff, and for the lovely photo of her.

She was loved, and she had a good life. RIP PuffPuff.

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Henny Penny: Gone, but never forgotten

by Gina Rayeski
(NH)

Today my little Henny Penny passed.

She was only 91/2 months old. I’d raised her since she was only 2 days old, along with her 14 sisters and two brothers. She was the smallest of my 6 Buff Orpingtons.

She was sweet, but frisky. If Henny Penny didn’t want to go in the coop at night it was a trial to get her to, she was like a kid that hates to go to bed. I’d have to chase her all over the yard, sometimes threatening her with the stew pot! Eventually though she’d go in kicking and screaming.

She was small, but feisty. Other times she would sit quietly in my lap, as we just enjoyed each other’s company. She would listen to my stories and daily events, and never interrupt me. She just listened.

The past few weeks of her life I didn’t get to spend as much time with her as I would have liked, or with her brothers and sisters and 4 new nieces and or nephews, because of the holidays and the extremely fidget cold snap we had. But every day when I would go in the coop she would come running, and then copy Miss Durham by pecking at my boots.

I never noticed anything wrong with her. She didn’t seem sick, and was trying to visit her nieces and nephews that morning on the day she passed.

Hopefully the Necropsy will tell us what caused her death, but it won’t change the fact that she’s gone.

I’ll never forget her and the joy she gave me, and I pray she knew how much I loved her.

Rest In Peace little one. 💞

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Thank you for a lovely tribute, Gina.
by: Cath

What a lovely hen, Gina. Thank you so much for sharing her story and the photos of her. She was lovely.

Sometimes a hen is just special - a character - and Henny Penny was one of those hens. She was safe and cared for while she was with you, and that's more than a lot of chickens can say.

Sending hugs, and love.

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Our First Chickens

by David
(Tampa Bay, FL)

I was so excited to get a couple of chickens to feed and play with - and the first two were Waffles and Dumplings, both Spotted Sussex.

Yesterday (January 8, 2018) I went out like I always do to call the girls (we have several now) and Dumplings was nowhere to be found. I searched for over an hour. It was unlike her, when I came out with the bag of dried worms, to not come running across the yard.

My partner later found her. I made her a little box with some tissue paper and went out to her favorite place under some trees.

We called the girls over with her rooster and had a little memorial. I had no idea how hard it would be - to everyone else she was just a chicken, but to me she was one of my girls.

Luckily for us we have been raising chicks and she will carry on here at the ranch for a long time to come. She always laid me an egg on a regular basis.

I know she is clucking around in chicken heaven kicking up the dust and being her sassy self. I'm sure she is already at the top of the pecking order and being bossy as ever.

We will miss you Dumplings! Your rooster King and your sister Waffles will, too, along with all of your other sisters!

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Thank you for your tribute to Dumplings, David.
by: Cath

This is a lovely tribute to a well-loved hen - and what a great name you gave her! I am so happy that you have her eggs to carry on her line.

Sending my thoughts to you on your loss.

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Ben...

by Jen
(Indiana, US)

Ben was a Black Copper Marans. My husband and I purchased him and his brother last spring.

They had been raised on a chicken farm and had never seen grass. When we brought then home they kept high-stepping like they didn't understand what they we're walking on. Both were very docile and friendly.

Each had their own flock of hens and own run and living space. They even got turns free-ranging in our yard. Just a few days ago I named him Ben. He had begun to really come up to me and let me pet him on his own. It takes time for me to think of names and he was no exception.

I went out this morning to feed and water and found him gone. He had passed overnight. No signs. No symptoms. No injuries. No predator tracks in the snow.

I live in Indiana and it's been cold - like the rest of the country - but it had actually warmed up the last several days. I don't know. I feel so sad and like I missed something.

His girls were still around him. They didn't seem upset. I hate not knowing what happened.

It's so hard to lose a pet and most don't understand the sadness we feel when we lose one of our chicken buddies.

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So sad for you, Jen...
by: Cath

Thank you so much for your tribute to Ben. Black Copper Marans are beautiful birds and I feel for your loss.

Sometimes, sadly, chickens do die for no apparent reason. Sudden Chicken Death Syndrome is heartbreaking for exactly that reason - there's no obvious cause. One minute we have a perfectly happy and seemingly healthy bird, the next minute it is gone.

Don't blame yourself. You cared about him and he had a good life while he was with you. Allow yourself time to grieve. Your chickens are lucky to have a home with you.

Sending hugs.

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