You tell family and friends and see their eyes glaze over. You try to find somewhere to leave your tribute and can't find it.
Well, now you've found it.
This is a place where people do understand. Chickens may be bottom of the pecking order, but their lives are worth talking about.
All the people who have added their stories to this page are in the same position as you. They have all - including me - lost at least one, sometimes many, chickens.
So you're in the company of people who've been there. Who know how you feel.
Here, you'll be supported and comforted, not judged. It's a safe place where you are welcome to share your words and pictures.
Add your story to my page of chicken memorials and let the world know what was special about your lost hen or rooster.
Read on to find out how. And feel free to Pin the image to let other people know they can, too.
Meet Harriet. She was "only a chicken" who was killed last summer by an English visitor's uncontrolled dog.
Harriet was a good chicken. She liked lettuce and sprouted beans, and she would do anything for a slice of watermelon. She laid fresh eggs for us every single day and when I went to pick them up each morning, she would come by for a stroke and a chat.
She was so gentle that I didn't even mind when she destroyed my lovely artistic geranium pots so she could use them as a dust-bath spa.
When was killed, I felt bereft. I didn't expect to, but I did. I've owned dogs and cats for years and always did feel distressed when they passed on. But a chicken?
If you keep chickens as pets you'll know that they become part of your family. They have personalities, characters, likes and dislikes, and they provide hours of entertainment - as well as gorgeous fresh eggs.
So yes, the loss of a chicken is just like the loss of any family pet. There's nothing wrong or unnatural about feeling sad.
Harriet made me smile playing "Kill the swinging lettuce" - that's her on the right.
Writing has always helped me overcome problems. It's an escape for the feelings which otherwise can stay locked inside. And locking feelings away is never a good thing.
There are lots of places to leave messages and eulogies to lost dogs, cats, horses - even ferrets. But chickens? I couldn't find anything. Nowhere to write, nowhere to post a picture.
That's when I decided to start this page.
Here is a place for you to share memories of your chickens. There's no right or wrong way of doing this - just write from the heart. Funny, happy, sad, "glad to have known you" - whatever you feel is a fitting tribute.
As well as writing a tribute, you may want to think about how you remember your pet in real life. We have a woodland area where our hens and one of our dogs is buried. It's a great comfort to go there from time to time and remember the joy our pets have brought into our lives.
Of course, we want to make sure their final resting place is marked in such a way that it remains a place we can go to remember. And where wild animals won't be encouraged to forage.
So we hit on the idea of a pet memorial stone. Most are for dogs and cats, but there are some tasteful markers that work just as well for chickens.
This one is my favourite. The company is very responsive and will adjust the wording to suit your needs. They recognise that people want more than only dog or cat memorials and will add a different logo if you want.
Click here or on the pic to buy now from Amazon.
And when you have, remember to bookmark this place so you can come back from time to time and add your comments to the chicken memorials written by other people.
Your experience of loss means that you know something about how they feel - and how dismissive others, who don't own chickens and so really don't understand, can be.
Let other people know you understand.
We've all been distressed by loving and losing pets - and the time comes when we also want to celebrate their life. Take a few minutes to tell me, and the other caring people who read this site, the story of your hen or rooster who has passed.
You're not alone. Click on any of the links below to read touching stories from others who have also lost beloved members of their flock.
Love you sweet girl xx
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My Sweet Cora
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Pearl and Lou, the Wonder Hens.
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The Short Voyage of Popeye.
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Clyde - the little chicken with the big attitude.
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Henrietta, my Big Bird Buddy
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A little chick with a white bum
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I was adopted by a hen
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So upset after tragic death of our beloved chickens
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The Sad Death of Noah Webster and Henry W. Longfellow
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Beautiful Skyline - a hen in a million
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A Chicken Memorial to
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Chicken Memorial for Beautiful Willow
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A Memorial to Lucy Loo
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The sad story of Bumpy.
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Sometimes, chickens die because they're killed by predators, or because they have an illness.
Or just because they're old.
But sometimes a chicken who seems perfectly fit and healthy one minute can be lying in the coop, lifeless, a few minutes later.
It's very hard to come ot terms with, and difficult to understand.
But did you know there's such a thing as "sudden chicken death syndrome"?
It's happened to one of my chickens, and I did some research to find out what could possibly have gone wrong.
My information about it, and how you can help prevent it, is based on that research and you can find it by clicking here.
Thank you for leaving your story, or for reading the stories of others.
It's never possible to replace a lost pet, but when the time is right for you to consider more chickens or even hatching some eggs, you may find these pages useful. I hope so.
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