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Red, my beloved Honker

by A. M.
(Texas)

I got Red only 7 months ago, but she quickly became one of the brightest parts of my daily routine.

I found out early on that she had a slight genetic deformity that made her foot stop growing and her toes curl. She had this little wobble when she walked, and if she wanted extra attention, she would even pick it up and hobble while honking.

(And yes, after we started noting when she would do it, it became evident she was just a great actress!).

She was a very high maintenance chicken, because of her foot, she couldn't walk like the others, and wasn't very good at piloting, so I was her personal carrier, and chauffer.

If she was bored, she would honk this strange loud noise, and had the attitude to match our rooster. She and her pal (Princess) were two peas in a pod, never anywhere without the other.

Don't even get me started on her love of adventuring the yard, and messing with our miniature donkeys, that was one of her favorites. She would hop in my lap when she wanted to cuddle, and insisted on laying her head on my hand.

Since she couldn't hold on to my hand like a normal chicken, we devised a little method. Red would hold on to the side of my palm, and balance her bad foot on my middle finger while we walked.

Every morning, and every night, she would honk as a greeting, and she was one of those chickens that loved to talk, tell you all about her day and what went on. You could have a whole conversation, and she would reply without hesitating.

I love my Red, and her being one of my first chickens makes this all the harder. Her personality was unmatched, and she was overflowing with energy.

I wish she could have stayed with me longer, but her life came to an end when one of the neighbor's dogs got a hold of her.

She is very near and dear to my heart, and always will be. One of those companions you hate to let go, but know you must.

Thank you for reading my lovely Rhode Island Red's story, there's so much more to her huge personality that I'm not sure how to put into words, but this just about sums it up...

Sincerely,

Ally.

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RIP Red
by: Cath

Thank you so much for sharing Red’s story, Ally. She sounds like a truly unique chicken with an amazing personality.

Giving a caring home to a chicken with limitations is a wonderful thing to do and I’m so glad she had you. It’s obvious from your memorial that she lived her very best life.

RIP, Red. You are missed.

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My buddy Henrietta

by Jean Adcock
(Troy, Pa, USA)

Henrietta was about 18 months old. She definitely had her "issues", but she was a sweetheart.

I miss her terribly and will never forget her.

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RIP Henrietta
by: Cath

I’m so sorry for your loss, Jean. Henrietta was lucky to have you in her life.

Sending hugs across the miles.

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Poke (Pocahontas) My wild child

by Nancy
(Goldendale, Wa)

Poke was a small Leghorn with beautiful snow white feathers, and oh that tall tail - how I always wanted to touch it! But she never let me touch any part of her, even when she was eating out of my hand.

I always respected her wishes not to be handled, instead, telling her how beautiful she is.

She laid large, perfectly wonderful eggs. She loved the sprinkler, my only lady that wasn't afraid of its refreshing soft "rainfall" on a warm/hot day.

Well yesterday, as I was refilling their waterers, laughing at their silliness as they chased grasshoppers across the yard, she was fine. Everything about her was normal, then suddenly...she just dropped dead!

I was devastated...HOW...WHAT...WHY????? I laid her to rest in the veggie garden next to the corn rows, her favorite place to dust bath and relax in the shade.

She was my wild child, classy, sassy and and a LOT smarta$$y!

Here she is with some of her flockmates, these are the Fantastic Four. Henny Penny and Jenny (RIRs) Poke and Tallie (LH) (lost Henny Penny 2 weeks ago).

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RIP Poke and Henny Penny
by: Cath

I’m so sorry for your loss, Nancy. She was a lovely chicken - Leghorns (Livornos here in Italy) are a breed I always have in my flock, too.

Sudden Chicken Death Syndrome is an awful thing. As with Poke, one minute a chicken seems perfectly fine, the next she suddenly dies.

I’m so sorry you had to go through that. I know how devastating it can be - and so soon after your loss of Henny Penny.

RIP ladies. You were loved.

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My beloved Harriet

by Misty
(Virginia )

Harriet was my favorite of our fifteen from day one. She was never fond of her flock and hated confrontation, so she would always seek me (my shoulder) to make her feel safe and loved.

She was a beautiful Easter Egger and worked so hard to lay beautiful eggs.

She died unexpectedly, right after laying an egg. My heart hurts.

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So sorry for your loss.
by: Cath

I'm so sorry to hear about Harriet, Misty. she was such a lovely hen.

I hope you can remember all the joy she brought to your life.

Sending thoughts to you in your loss.

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Roo

Just over a year ago, a beautiful large White Sussex rooster walked through our gate and stayed.

We have three acres fenced in country and two dogs and three cats. Roo quickly settled in and hung with other pets. He would always come when we stepped outside hoping for treat.

He didn’t want petted but he did stay close by and seemed to respond and enjoy our talking to him. He never showed any aggression. His crowing was something we truly enjoyed.

Just found him dead. No injuries. We have had high temps and severe thunderstorms past couple of nights and given size of his comb and waddle, we think he was very mature bird.

Unknown if storm induced heart failure or maybe old age.

We loved him and will sorely miss him. RIP Roo. You were beautiful and loved.

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So sorry for your loss.
by: Cath

Roo was a handsome roo and it sounds like he was a wonderful member of your flock.

Sometimes chickens come to us out of the blue, and leave just as quickly. The important thing to remember is that, while he was with you, he was loved and cared for, and lived his best life.

RIP, Roo. You are missed.

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Beans - the best chicken I could have ever asked for

by Carly
(Canada)

Beans was the first chicken I ever had and although I only had Beans for 6 months she was my favorite of the 7 I now have.

She was a bit slower than all the others and that's what made her so lovable and I was always able to pick her up and give her lots of kisses.

She was killed by a hawk and it makes me so sad she went that way. All I can hope for is that her death was quick and that her soul is free and in a better place.

Love you Beans!

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RIP Beans
by: Cath

I’m so sorry for your loss, Carly. Even when we have a chicken for quite a short time, they find a way into our heart.

She was loved and cared for, and many chickens cannot claim that.

RIP Beans. you are missed.

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In Loving Memory Of Lincoln

by Pauline
(Trinidad)

Lincoln was more than a chicken, he had this speciality about him. He made everyone, even those with the “it's just a chicken” mind, stand up and look at him differently.

His intelligence was unique. If you were having a bad day all you had to do was take a little time out and observe Lincoln and you would most certainly have a good laugh and cheer up guaranteed.

He took care of his wife Little with great dedication and to the best of his ability.

My family and I miss you very much.Words can't express the space you left in our heart.

Until we meet again my handsome boy. I love you!

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RIP Lincoln
by: Cath

Thank you so much for your lovely tribute to Lincoln, Pauline. He certainly sounds like a wonderful rooster.

Lincoln was loved and well cared for, and he was quite the character. He will be sadly missed.

RIP, Lincoln.

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Opal

Opal was a beautiful Barred Rock hen.

She was very sweet and friendly and loved her dust baths. Her favorite snack was blueberries and she would always fight all my other hens to get the most.

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RIP Opal
by: Cath

Opal was a friendly, happy hen who loved her healthy treats. She was loved by her family, and she will be missed.

RIP, Opal.

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Our three gals passed away today

by Evangeline
(Australia)

The last picture I took of them before they died

The last picture I took of them before they died

My mum’s three gals were lovely. All named after women on my mum’s side, the chickens carried on the memories of the relatives no longer with us.

We had a Frizzle, who was orange and white, and so fluffy and small. We got her in 2016 so she was like a little granny to the two others.

We had an Isa Brown who was stunning as ever, and a black hen that I believe was an Australorp. They were best friends and had so much fun together.

Unfortunately, in the early hours of the morning today I woke up to a fox killing the little Frizzle, and found the other two already passed.

Not only is this a memoir to the gals, it is a reminder to always lock your chicken coop, because it could happen at any time.

At least the girls are at peace and all together, but I wish we could have saved them, as they are so kind and happy.

All my love to those who are also grieving the loss of a pet (or in me and my mum’s case, three).

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So sorry Evangeline
by: Marcia Hamilton

I know the feeling, but not of all three at once. All the fox knew was he/she was hungry, maybe had pups to feed.

But that doesn't lessen the pain of loss, or seeing one of your little friends being taken. Sometimes the lessons we have to learn about keeping our girls safe, is a hard one, but one learned.

I almost lost my 6 week old ISO to a hawk just a week ago Saturday, but fortunately I was close enough that when I yelled at him and clapped my hands he dropped Fancy. Another 10 feet and he would have carried her over the lake and I'd have never seen her again.

I learned to keep her on my arm on on my lap when we were out riding on my scooter. I had put her down so she could walk a little bit on the grass, never again at the lake for sure.

Bless you and I hope you can find another few chicks to help you in your sorrow.

My heart goes out to you.

So sorry for your loss.
by: Cath

I’m so sorry for your and your mum’s loss, Evangeline, and thank you for writing such a lovely tribute and a reminder to all of us to keep our flock safe.

It is so easy for predators to take chickens. All we can do is learn from these situations, and remember that while they are with us our chickens have a good life, filled with love and care.

Sending thoughts to you and your mum in your loss.

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Pigeon the Hen

by Ella
(New Mexico, USA)

Pigeon was the runt of our flock. The other hens and rooster picked on her a lot, both by bullying and actually pecking.

Even with their past hostility to her, she was still a member of their flock, and you can see that they, too, miss her dearly. They coo for her when they enter the coop, as if she got lost free ranging again.

I was the one who gave her the name Pigeon. She had a fluffy neck and walked with a bob akin to that of a pigeon. I thought it would be funny to name a hen a different type of bird. All the other hens, and even the rooster, went through several names before one stuck, but Pigeon was Pigeon from the day we were given her.

She lived a long life by chicken standards, but as humans, it’s hard not to feel she wasn't gone before her time.

She was always a little slow and a little dumb. Her eggs were off color and misshapen. She strayed away from the flock all too often and didn’t come when called, but we loved her anyway.

We can not be certain what happened, so we can only hope she left us comfortably.

Two nights in a row, you were nowhere to be found when it came time to herd you into your coop. Our yard is only one acre, so you couldn’t be hiding. It was then we knew you weren’t coming home.

Chickens may be near flightless, but we hope you fly high in hen-ven. May your insects be crunchy, and your strawberries sweet.

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Thank you for a lovely tribute.
by: Cath

I love this tribute, Ella - thank you so. much for sharing the story of Pigeon (and what a great name!).

She was happy with you, and perhaps she took herself away from you and the flock so as not to upset anyone when she knew her time was coming.

RIP, Pigeon. You were loved and you are missed by all who knew you.

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