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To my beloved rooster

Our beloved rooster

Our beloved rooster

My husband found our beloved pet rooster dead this morning, we think it was a heart attack. He was a handsome huge Dark Brahma, 5 years old, and I cry as I write this. Just last night he was sleeping in my lap before going to bed. We have two more roosters so Grandao ( means big guy) has his own private room in the coop, complete with a fan.

He loved to spend the day with my dog, and when my husband or I came home, Grandao would run to us, all talkative, po po po po po, finding worms and seeds for us. He loved to be picked up, so funny, such a big rooster, and loved to be on our laps, and have his face scratched. I sat with him just last night, scratching his face, him purring to me...

Nobody understands why we're so desolated by his death - he's just a chicken they say... he was a wonderful sentient being, full of joy, loved life, loved exploring, loved protecting his girls. He would protect them from hawks - he once faced one and was about to attack but the hawk flew away. He loved finding goodies for his girls. He would catch raisins and bread in the air, he was so special... he was loved and will be missed so bad...

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My Big Red
by: juliana

Lost my Big Beautiful Rooster this Morning.

I locked them up in the roost last nite. This morning went down to let them out and he was on the ground barely breathing.

I don't understand what happened He looked so healthy. I am so sad had him for 5 years he just showed up one day so I just kept him with my girls.

I’m so sorry for the loss of your roosters.
by: Cath

I’m so sorry for all your losses. The main thing which can give us some comfort is to know that while they were with us, they were cared for and appreciated.

Sending {{{hugs}}} to everyone who has been affected, and thanks for sharing your stories.

Shared grief
by: Ann

We found Henry this evening,, our 4 year old Australorp and dear friend past away. He was funny, friendly and enjoyed all the attention he could get. I read your entry and it too touched my heart. Thanks for writing about your beloved rooster!

So sad
by: Wit

So sad. Lost my 1 year old rooster this morning. He was struggling to breathe and died in my arms. He was such a joy and delight and looked after his 5 girls really well. I would throw treats down and he would call his girls over and pick the treats up in his beak and then drop them again for his girls to eat. So glad to find someone else devastated by the loss of their lovely rooster.

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My Favorite Rooster

by Promise Joy Stephens
(Cherryville, NC, USA)

Clark is on the right and his sister is on the left.

Clark is on the right and his sister is on the left.

A few years ago, my mom bought five black giant chicks. I was given one. William Clark, or Clark as I called him, became my baby.

I would come out to feed them and he would come up to me and he'd let me carry him all over the place. He would ride in my bike basket. He'd bring his ladies up to the house for a treat. When I called "chick-chick-chickens!" He'd come hopping up to me.

Last year, while we were vacationing, my friend called to tell me that Clark was lying on his side by the barn panting. I was 100-miles away so there was nothing I could do but wait. An hour later he died.

He was only three years old.

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A lovely tribute to a handsome rooster.
by: Cath.

Hello Promise,

Thank you so much for your lovely story of Clark and also the picture of him. What a wonderful tribute to a very beautiful rooster.

It's so sad that he died when he was only three years old. Chickens live such short lives, normally. But it's a comforting thought that while he was with you, you gave him a caring, loving home and he was obviously a very contented rooster.

I especially love the picture you pain of him riding in your bike basket! He must have really trusted you a lot to stay there. What a tribute to you and the way you cared for him.

Thank you for sharing your story. I loved reading it and I know others will, too.

Kindest wishes

Cath.

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Herman guering

by Beverly
(Hudson, NY)

My brother had some hens and a beautiful rooster, whom I named Herman Guering. He really became a good friend. I would feed the hens and Herman crackers and talk with them. He would listen and then one day he was gone. Shot for scratching a car. I was so hurt. I enjoyed Herman so very much. I still feed the hens crackers and they do coo to me but I miss my Herman Guering.

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My condolences on the loss of your rooster.
by: Cath

Thank you for submitting your story. Poor Herman Guering - it seems a very harsh way to go. While he was with you, you obviously cared for him though. So there is that to hold onto.

Wishing you well for the future.

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Lord Byron

Lord Byron, my precious rooster, died today. He was a young, friendly, and handsome rooster who made me smile everyday. Lord Byron used to crow all the time, in the morning, in the evening, at midnight. I loved listening to him crow, no matter what time it was. He was a gentle rooster, always welcoming and friendly. I miss him!

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Claire, my so loved house rooster

by Suzanne
(Québec, Canada)

He was supposed to be a laying hen when I brought him home. 6 months later I heard cocorico!!!

He lived with my rescued pigeon and turtle dove for almost a year. They were a cute boys’ club. I don't know why he left so quickly for no apparent reason. He was a Chantecler (Canadian) and seemed so healthy. My heart is still broken. Almost 2 years now... Bye Bye Claire.

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Daisy - a much loved rooster memorial.

I will never forget the day Daisy came into my life .

Daisy had a broken leg and was given up by the pet shop to me as a chick. She was not expected to survive the night, but she did and I named her Daisy.

Later I find out it was a boy, not a girl!

The thing is that this chicken changed my life. I used to called him my love, because of how much I loved him.

Unfortunately, since he was disabled , could not walk and do all the things that chickens love to do, his body started failing him and he passed away at almost six months of age.

In a way he took my heart with him. I have cried every single day for a month. I loved that chicken so much I feel I lost a son not a pet chicken .

Thank you Daisy for being in my life, I love you .

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by: Cath

I'm so sorry to hear about the sad story of Daisy the rooster. You tried your best to care for him and he was happy while he was with you. That's all any of us can ever do.

Sending hugs your way.

Cath.
xoxo

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Archie

by Hazel
(Shropshire )

Archie was a magnificent 2.5 year old white Sussex rooster.

He has had a good free range life but with safe and warm accommodation each night. He was beautiful.

We have a mix of birds, 4 magnificent ant inquisitive geese, some funny and loveable ducks and Archie's own girlfriends. We have recently had 3 fox attacks where Archie survived but we have lost 3 girls and replaced these with 3 more for him.

The last few days he and the girls have not re-entered their shed as usual, but have taken positions high off the ground and we have had to encourage them down to go to bed.

Tonight, before it was dark, and on a day when we have been present much of the time around the garden, and seen him doing his usual stuff, we found him dead.

We are devastated, more so because we missed any signs, if there were any, and certainly missed the event itself, even though we had seen him less than an hour earlier. He was fine, and then he was no more.

RIP Archie. I can't cope with not knowing why. X

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by: Cath

I'm so sorry to hear about Archie, Hazel. He was such a handsome chicken!

Sudden chicken death syndrome strikes very suddenly and for no apparent reason. It's happened to a couple of my hens and I agree, it's devastating.

I feel your pain. Sending hugs.

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Hayes our funny Roo

by Alaina
(Oceanside)

We thought we had 3 hens but surprise Hayes turned out to be a rooster.

We already loved him but couldn't have a rooster in the city. We were in the process of finding him a new home but he left us before we could...maybe he knew. He was happy and healthy up until his last day here on this earth.

WE LOVE YOU HAYES. You were one of a kind.

May 14,2016-October 9, 2016

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The great rooster

by Jacob
(Oaxaca)

He was a very gentle rooster. I don't have much else to say. He was very tender. I loved him.

Today when he was outside he suddenly started suffering, it looked like he was choking. He finally died after I tried to make him recover. It surely was a heart attack.

However I felt so helpless. I just couldn't help him. I wish I could have. May he rest in peace. I will always remember him.

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Sooty the boy girl

by Lucy
(astralia)

Sooty was a chick I raised from birth and I thought she was a girl.

Sooty was my favorite, she loved me and I loved her. But all the roosters got taken away and Sooty didn't so I'm like yay, Sooty's a girll!

But a few weeks later my other chicken got Mareck's, and we put her down. And then Sooty started crowing and we had to cull him....


R.I.P Sooty

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My sweet Wilson

by Reba
(Louisiana)

Always watching me come and go Wilson was such a sweet boy!

He would start crowing at 4 am just to let me know he knew I was awake. When I would come home in the afternoon he would crow just to say hello.

One fateful afternoon I came home to silence. I thought it was because of the heavy rain that my boy was quiet. The rains stopped I went out to give him and the hens their afternoon treat.

I found my boy lying dead and my heart broke. The silence is now deafening. I miss him dearly.

My only hope now lies in the eggs I collected the day before he passed away. They are in an incubator just maybe I will have some of Wilson's chicks soon and he will live on through them.

RIP Wilson.

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Dear Henry

by Ann
(Deroche )

This evening we found our dear Henry had passed away.

He will be so very missed. Our dear Henry had a winning character. He was friendly and funny. He was known as "one good looking rooster" by so many. When he heard this he would strut and click even more.

Miss you Henry. RIP.

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Red the Rooster and his gal Skip

Our Rooster, Red, was the sweetest Rooster there ever was.

He was a Rhode Island red mix. He was hatched from and incubator in our kitchen by my husband. He was 7 years old and we think was killed by a neighbor's dog.

Red loved my husband, they were buddies. He would come when he was called and my husband petted him and "tucked him in" each night.

He was so good about finding bugs and things for the hens and would also follow us all around like a dog and would come running when he saw us come out of the house. He was the sweetest.

His hen, Skip, is missing and presumed dead. She had a bad leg and couldn't get away from anything very fast. She just skipped around, hence the name.

She was also a sweet chicken. She loved meal worms and would let my kids hold her.

We are going to miss these two chickens so much. It's a sad day at our house.

I never realized we would love our chickens so much.

RIP Red and Skip.

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Henry the Wild Rooster

by Denise Wilcox
(Florida)

A quick glimpse at the timid little guy..

A quick glimpse at the timid little guy..

Five weeks ago today we had a little rooster show up out of nowhere in our yard. We live in a subdivision and have no idea where he came from, other than he showed up.

We fed him daily, made sure he had water, gave him treats and loved him from a distance. He was very skittish but slowly warmed up to us little by little.

We were never able to secure him so all we could do was look out for him every night when he roosted up in a tree in an empty lot next to us. My husband and I would wake up several times through the night and patrol for predators.

This morning he did not come out from his roost though as he did every day, and we eventually found his remains. It looks like he was attacked by a raccoon.

I am so heartbroken, hubby and I have been crying all day for the loss of this timid creature. He brought us so much joy and laughter with his sweet disposition and his attempts at interacting with us.

I am devastated.

Thanks for writing that it is normal to feel like this. I wish we could have saved him. I will always remember him and his cute crow in the mornings demanding food.

You mattered to us in the short time we shared...RIP Henry💕

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Sending hugs.
by: Cath

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of lovely Henry, Denise. Sadly, chickens are at the bottom of most food chains, and despite all our good efforts there's not much we can do to protect them.

What you should remember is that you gave him shelter, food and care while you could. Some chickens never get that. He was lucky to have found you.

I know how hard this must be for you and your husband, and I'm sending hugs and love to you both.

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My Buddy

by Chanda Centofanti
(East Amherst ny)

Buddy was my Rhode Island Red Rooster. He was a year old and so friendly. He had a wonderful personality and loved to be held. I would let him and the other rooster and 3 hens free range in the yard, they were always so happy and healthy.

Every day when I came home from work they would greet me at the driveway by running to me no matter where they were at. At dusk they would go into their coop and go to sleep.

One morning I went to let them out as I do every morning and that's when I realized Buddy didn't want his morning piece of bread. He stayed behind while the others ran out of the coop ready to graze.

Right away I noticed he was acting differently and was having trouble walking. I picked him up and brought him into the garage. He was having diarrhea, not eating and had trouble eating. I stayed by his side all day and tried to make him as comfortable as possible.

Around dinner time his breathing was getting worse, and couldn't get up at all. He took couple of sips of water and that was it.

I went into the house and ate dinner when I came back out he laid down next to me and then started flopping his wings and it looked like he was having a seizure. After doing that for about a 30 seconds he passed away.

I picked him up crying my eyes out I couldn't believe my Buddy was gone. Just 24 hours earlier he was a happy healthy rooster!

I've done so much research on what could have happened and asked a lot of people on my neighborhood that have chickens. Everyone says the same thing - that it just happens sometimes.

I'm still heartbroken over my Buddy and I miss him everyday. Now I just realized a few hours ago my other rooster is showing same symptoms! I really don't know what to do I'm afraid I will get up in the morning and see that he's passed away too. :(

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My condolences.
by: Cath

Hello Chanda,

Thank you so much for such a lovely tribute to your rooster, Buddy.

Sometimes chickens just die for no apparent reason, as my article about Sudden Chicken Death Syndrome says. It's no-one's fault and I hope you know how much care and love Buddy had while he was with you.

Thank you for sharing your story with us. I send you love and hugs on your loss.

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Beaker The Legend

by Sharon
(Petoskey, MI)

Beaker was a rescue from Kindergarten school hatching...he was born later than the other chicks and they picked on him. Then one of the students dropped him on his head. Not an auspicious start.

At 2-3 days old I took him home and fed him, off my finger since he could not hold his head up, he was so weak. He grew stronger. He lived in our upstairs bathtub, in a nesting box for a long time.

Then, one day, I heard a 'crowing' and our little (we hoped) hen turned out to be a rooster. He became another family pet. Raised in the house with our cats and dog. He seemed to have trouble with his eyes; couldn't see well.

It was later confirmed by an animal opthamologist that he was, indeed, totally blind.

Meantime, even though our backyard backs up against a farm, and he was raised as a house pet, a neighbor complained and demanded we get rid of him. Two years of Court battles, much media coverage and folks rallying to the cause gave us both grief and support.

He became something of a media sensation; won 'best story' in the newspaper two years in a row. Went viral...heard from people literally all over the world. A little crippled (that too) blind rooster won the hearts of many, many people. He was even on TV and later interviewed by NPR.

We had little Beaker, a beautiful, sweet banty Americana rooster for 10+ years. Sadly, this New Year's Eve, he passed away. No apparent disease or trauma; just found him on his little box perch (crippled feet; couldn't perch on a horizontal pole).

Head down, he apparently just 'shut down'. We are heartsick. No time for goodbyes, but at least it appeared he did not suffer.

He touched the hearts of so many. Even has his own Facebook page set up by a "Beaker Backer"...quite a guy.

There is much more to his story, but I am tearing up as I write this, so I will sign off.

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by: Cath

Sharon, thank you so much for sharing the story of Beaker with us. He sounds like such a character. How amazing that you helped him fight against so many odds: first of all his hard start, then his sight, then the court battles.

He was lucky to find a home with you.

10+ is such a wonderful age for any chicken to live till, and it's a testament to your care for him. You must miss him terribly after such a long time with him.

Thank you again for sharing Beaker's story. I'm sending you love and hugs. Give yourself time to grieve. Losing such an amazing pet is always hard.

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The Sad Death of Noah Webster and Henry W. Longfellow

by Promise Joy Stephens
(Cherryville, NC, USA)

Noah Webster is on the right

Noah Webster is on the right

Noah Webster is on the right Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Very recently something very sad happened. My two roosters, Noah Webster, a silver-laced Brahma, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a buff-laced Brahma, died.

We had a very bad storm with the all the electricity going out, huge puddles in the front yard, tree branches breaking.

During the storm my smaller chicken coop was pushed half a foot back, in the process running over an extension cord that was connected to a heat lamp which then busted–in the coop with my 9-week old chicks and an elderly white Cochin. Not one of them was injured.

Don't say "wow, that's amazing!" yet, because the cord popped where the two large Brahmas were taking shelter from the rain under a rabbit hutch.

When the rain stopped, I came out to feed my chickens and Noah and Henry were on their sides, soaking wet and dead.

It was so sad for me, but I'm SO thankful the storm didn't kill my chicks as well.

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Storms
by: Cindy

Bad storms are such a wild card when it comes to our outdoor animals. We recently had a severe wind storm in the Pacific NW that had high enough winds to blow the roof and side yards off my chicken pens.

Thankfully, the coops themselves were not harmed and because everything was covered with wire as well as roofing (that blew away)...no losses...just several very freaked out hens...and a lot of work rebuilding. So sorry for the loss of your roosters, and so glad the chicks were spared.

Thanks for sharing your story.

Your chicken names!
by: Cath.

Thank you so much for getting back to me and letting me know, Promise. What a great way to choose your chickens' names. Love it!

About My Chickens' Names
by: Promise

Thanks you, Cath/Claudia, for the sweet comment.

I name all my chickens after famous authors or famous people. Their brother is Charles Dickens, and their ladies are Lousia May Alcott, Charlotte and Emily Borntë.

~Promise

A great tribute and a sad event.
by: Cath.

Hi there, Promise,

Thank you so much for this amazing tale of two extremely handsome roosters. Their pictures are wonderful - beautiful chickens and obviously so very well cared for.

And what an incredible story, too. It is truly amazing, you're right, that all the chicks (and the elderly Cochin) survived while your two beautiful roosters died such an unfortunate and unexpected death.

The weather this year in so many parts of the world has been so terrible, so many animals have been affected, chickens among them. We can only hope that it improves for the rest of the year so all our animals are kept safe.

Thank you so much for submitting this tribute and especially the photos, Promise. You looked after those roosters so well and they were obviously so loved. What unusual names they had, too. I'd love to hear how they got them.

Wishing you and all your chicks everything good for the future.

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Mr Mills

by Lesley
(Llandaff)

We bought two 'hens' for our daughters 7 years ago and they grew up to be roosters. They were pets and part of the family.

Mr Mills, originally named Millie, died yesterday. He was 7. He appeared fit and well, but I found him in his home, dead, with Rocky crouched up to him.

He was big and strong and a real character. He roamed and ruled his patch. Our two collies he loved to watch - they are only three.

I know he was loved and cared for, but suddenly the garden seems a sad place.

As the children grew and my husband was not interested I looked after him.

I feel sad and I wonder if I missed something.

Thank you for this site as I felt I wanted somewhere to tell his story as he matters to me.

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A fitting memorial to Mr Mills.
by: Cath

Thank you so much for your tribute to Mr Mills, Lesley. He obviously meant a lot to you, and it was wonderful that he had someone who cared for him so much during his life.

Sometimes these things just happen for no apparent reason. Don't blame yourself. 7 years old is a very good age for a chicken, so you did everything right.

I'm sending you love and hugs and thoughts.

Cath.

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My beautiful Merle, sleep peacefully

by Stephanie Daniels
(TX)

My beautiful Merle

My beautiful Merle

Merle was a beautiful little guy. I'm not sure what breed he was, but we got him as a chick.

And when we got him, we were SURE he was a she, so "her" name WAS Martha lol.

Eventually though, Martha began crowing and grew long tail feathers and a large comb. So, "she" became Merle.

He was SO pretty, but a total a**hole. Every person who came into the fenced off area would get attacked by Merle, but he knew to leave me alone.

He never produced any chicks in his nearly 2 years of life, but I loved him regardless.

He is missed, terribly.

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A fitting memorial for Merle.
by: Cath

Merle was a very handsome boy indeed! His attacks on people were just him trying to protect his flock from harm, I'm sure - and he knew enough never to attack you so he had some sense!

I'm sorry for your loss, Stephanie. RIP, Merle.

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In memory of Bug, my Silkie Roo

by Jordan Huffman
(Phoenix, Arizona)

He was so attached to me and I to him. He waited for me at the backdoor every day. He was always happy to see me and did a little dance. He came when I called him. He would lay on my chest and sleep.

He was learning, quickly, to play the xylophone. He was sweetly protective of both me and his recent hen girlfriend.

He understood when I told him no about something. He'd stop and he'd look me right in the eye. He had a sweater for winter time.

He was always so chatty. We'd chat back and forth all the time. He rarely crowed. He followed me around the yard. He'd lay on his back so I could rub his tummy and he'd fall asleep. He enjoyed baths and getting blown dried by the hair dryer.

I had learned what all his sounds meant, happy cheeps when he's get his favorite treats, the sound he made when a random bird flew over the yard, hoh hoh hoh hoooooh when he was content.

He loved bread, just like me. He was so snuggly. He was so funny when he would get grumpy and stomp off. He had so much personality.

He was observant and noticed every time I poked my head out the window to check on him in the coop.

We had a very special relationship and a unique bond. We both loved each other. I will always miss him.

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A fitting tribute to Bug the Silkie Roo.
by: Cath

What a lovely tribute to Bug, Jordan, thank you so much for sharing his story with us.

He seems like a very special roo indeed, and I'm glad he got to spend such a happy time with you. He was obviously so well loved, understood and cared for, and not all chickens can claim that.

I'm sorry for your loss, and I'm thinking of you.

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