Farewell Vida Vida Venna

by Nyasha
(Adelaide Hills)

Vida Vida Venna was a beautiful golden laced Wyandotte.

She was one of three hens we bought from our friend’s 5 year old son who had hand-raised them from his own eggs. They were the first chickens we had at our new house.

Just tonight she was found dead in her brand new coop that we’d built last weekend. For over a year she had lived happily in a temporary coop near our veggie garden.

She was always happy and friendly. There was no evidence or reason as to why she could have died. I’m still racking my brain.

But we will miss her, and so will her sister-friends Goldie and Henrietta.

I like to think she had a pretty good life, even if it ended too soon and too suddenly. We’re sorry for whatever happened, especially if it had been preventable.

Farewell dear Vida Venna.

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I know how you feel
by: Marcia Hamilton

I'm so very sorry for your loss. I, too, have lost a favorite hen, Peepers, which I wrote about also. It must be especially hard when you've raised one from the egg.

Her death was a total mystery for me as she was 8 months old when she died. They must have underlying health problems that we just don't know about because they don't show us, in most instances that something is going wrong with their little bodies.

Please give my condolences to your family for me and have a wonderful time with Vida's siblings.

I'm so sorry...
by: Cath

I'm so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Wyandotte. They are spectacularly pretty chickens, and I know you are feeling her loss deeply.

Sometimes chickens just die, for no apparent reason. Often they have shown no signs of illness beforehand. All we can do is remember they lived their best life while they were with us.

She was loved and cared for. RIP, Vida Vida Venna.

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In loving memory of Daisy

by Mary Anne Kidwell
(Las Vegas, NV, USA)

Daisy was a lovely Buff Orpington that I raised since she was 1 day old. I loved this girl. She was awesome and loved to eat meal worms and endive.

She dropped suddenly after I let her out of the coop today. She died/stopped breathing in my arms.

I will forever miss her.

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RIP Daisy.
by: Cath

I'm so sorry for your loss, Mary Anne. Orpingtons are one of my very favourite chicken breeds, and I'm sure she was as pretty and friendly as they generally are.

It's so hard when we have raised a hen from a chick, it makes it even sadder to see them go.

I hope you can remember the joy she brought, and remember that she lived a wonderful life while she was with you.

Thinking of you in your loss.

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Priscilla, come on girl!!

by Cruzers
(Colorado USA)

Our 8 month old Easter Egger is a beautiful golden color with white highlights and green legs.

First, we gave her credit for the very first egg. We soon learned she was taking credit for ANY egg. Being favored, we found it funny... She sits on her sister's blue egg and any of the others beige, tan or brown eggs!!

The change in personality came gradually. She had been sleeping so much for weeks and weeks, but she kept eating. Now, she is mere ribs and feathers. She stays with the flock, but is not eating or active as she once was.

I pray she is brooding, but today she is in the lap of my 10 year old wrapped in the warmth of her love and concern, being nursed with water through a straw!

Priscilla, please won't you make it?! Come on girl!

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Hoping for Priscilla...
by: Cath

Thank you so much for sharing Priscilla's story, Cruzers. I'm sure we're all hoping along with you and your family that she pulls through.

Please do add a comment here to let us know what happens.

In the meantime, we are thinking of you, and her.

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Rest In Peace, Friend

by Alex
(Ontario, Canada)

Our chicken died this morning, Tuesday, November 16, 2021.

I walked inside the coop to feed the farm chickens and one of them was sitting there in her corner lifeless, head bowed down, eyes closed. No signs of injury, nothing unusual.

Rest in Peace, my Friend.

I took her body into the forest and gave it back to Mother Nature.

Thank you very much for maintaining this webpage.

Love,

Alex.

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Heartfelt sympathies
by: Sara from Maine

I am so sorry for your sudden and sad loss, Alex. I just lost one of my sweet hens, Bertie, yesterday and I share your sadness.

Her death was out of the blue-no indication of anything amiss. By the time I got to her, she was starting to go limp and died in my arms.

I, too, took my beloved girl out to the forest and laid her in a leafy nest at the base of a tree, hoping she could at least provide helpful nourishment to the wildlife as winter approaches.

May you find comfort and healing.

Sorry for your loss.
by: Cath

I'm sorry to hear of your loss, Alex. It's so hard to lose any of our chickens, and doubly bad when there was nothing obviously wrong. Sudden Chicken Death Syndrome is one possibility, but even knowing that doesn't help deal with the sadness. Giving her back to Mother Nature seems very appropriate.

Thank you for the care you gave your chicken while she was with you. Sending hugs to you and your family.

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Dudley. My lemon frizzle rooster.

by Gina
(Cornwall, UK)

Dudley was a beoutiful lemon frizzle rooster, hatched on 16 April, 2010.

He was always special and it soon became clear he hated the outside world and would not be parted from me when I found him collapsed in his outside pen as a youngster. He was plagued with health problems, and had seizures.

His vet was amazed when he met him, and told me to keep doing what I'm doing. He said he was a picture of health with the reddest comb he'd ever seen, and did not want to put him on any treatment, so I had nursed him back to health.

It took 8 months hand feeding till he could manage himself, and I helped him through his seizures, always holding him and reassuring him and giving him grapes and rescue remedies.

I designed a special igloo for him to prop him up till he could stand unaided. We were never parted, and as the seizures subsided, he refused to go out. So he lived as my house rooster on my smallholding, sleeping with me.

It had been 8 years since he had any seizures. He would always tell me by calling me and I would pick him up and hold him until it passed.

I lost him on Monday, 08, Nov, 2021, 7.30 am. I held him for the last time and sang him his bedtime song.

I will miss him forever. He loved me and came to me as fast as he could so I could hold him. Such a special bond between us.

Rest in peace, my Dudley.

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Dudley
by: Jill McMahon

I find it hard to understand people who dismiss chickens as lesser life forms.

Like you ,we have a house chicken called Ivy who was born with severely deformed feet-stumps basically and cannot live outside. She brings such fun and joy. She is watching me now from the bathroom planning her escape to the kitchen to snaffle the cat's food.

My husband and I adore her and know the hole they leave when they are no longer with us.

It is nearly 2 weeks since we lost Walter who lived outside with his girls and it is so sad to not see him bustling around trying to keep charge of them and failing! They always got the upper hand.

You did an amazing job with Dudley and we truly understand why.

May he rest in peace and will in some way be always with you.

Take care, from Jill.

I'm so sorry...
by: Cath

I'm so sorry for your loss, Gina. What an amazing story of an amazing rooster. It's so obvious from your story that the bond between you was a special one which I'm sure gave him the very best quality of life he could ever have had.

I hope you're able to remember all the joy he brought you, and the fact that you provided him with such an wonderful a level of care is inspirational and something you should be very proud of.

RIP, Dudley. You were loved, and you are very much missed.

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To our Henny, with love

by Laura A.
(Pasadena, TX)

Henny, we only had you for 4 months, but you will be so missed.

We will miss your chubby bootie running around and making us laugh (she was a mottled Cochin bantam, a beautiful black and white fluffy girl).

You brought us so much joy, we will never forget you. I loved cuddling with you and how you would talk to me.

We love you, Rest In Peace, our girl.

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RIP Henny
by: Cath

Thank you so much for sharing Henny's story with us, Laura. It's so obvious from the photo what joy she brought to your family. I so love seeing children learning about the pleasures and responsibilities of caring for their chickens.

Sadly, a hard part of that is learning to live with loss. I hope you and she are able to remember all the good times you shared.

Sending hugs to you and your family, across the miles.

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Walter..... another gentle soul. Son of Lily.

by Jill McMahon
(East Sussex, England)

We lost our little man 2 nights ago and will miss his wake up calls in the morning.

He was the son of Lily whom I left a memorial 2 years ago titled "Lily, my gentle girl". Walter was 11 years and 120 days old when he died, so not quite reaching his Mum’s age but a good innings none the less.

He will be missed by his 2 girls, Mabel and Isobel, of which he had absolutely no control over!

Bless him, he really didn't have a clue what was going on most of the time but he loved life and like his Mum, a kind and gentle little soul.

Rest in peace my little man and watch over your girls from above.

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A lovely tribute.
by: Cath

Thank you so much for your lovely tribute to Walter, Jill. What an amazing age he was! You obviously care for your chickens so well for them to reach such old ages.

He sounds like a fun chicken to have in your flock - caring, not aggressive, and your description of him having no control over his hens made me smile.

RIP, Walter. You had a long and happy life, and you are missed.

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Chamomile

by Robert Tillotson
(Reno, NV)

Chamomile was our Orpington. She was 7 months old.

Of our 6 hens, she was the only one to follow me everywhere. She always walked with me. She was the only one of 6 to be so special, so loving.

We went to let them out today. She had difficulty breathing, and shortly after, died in our daughter’s arms.

We buried her in a special place. It hurts because I grew so attached to this particular one. I keep thinking she is cold and alone. Only 7 months old.

I will miss her.

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RIP Chamomile
by: Cath

I’m so sad to hear about Chamomile, Robert. What lovely photos - she was a very pretty hen.

It’s always sad when our chickens die, and especially when there’s one who just is special.

I’m thinking of you and your daughter in your loss.

RIP, Chamomile. You were a special hen, and your family misses you.

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Maisie memorial

by Vicki
(Highfields Australia)

My dear little Pekin bantam passed away from old age today.She and her 2 companions were a great support to me as I grieved for my husband.

These little sentient beings made as huge difference to my life.

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I’m so sorry…
by: Cath

I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, Vicki, both of your husband and of Maisie.

My first husband died when I was in my mid-40s and I well remember how my animals were one of my main sources of comfort.

It’s clear that Maisie had a rich and happy life while she was with you. Not many chickens live to see an old age.

RIP Maisie. You were loved, and you are missed.

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Roosty

by Pamela
(USA Connecticut)

Roosty was my next door neighbors rooster from 2 years ago. They got 5 hens and Roosty as tiny chicks, and as time went on I fell in love with him:

I named him Roosty, and he was white and fluffy. I loved his morning sounds and grew so very attached.

Until one day as I was doing a head count, I only counted 5.

I reached out via a text on a nextdoor website to the vague neighbor and I got nowhere. So then I searched online to see if he had been entered in the agriculture show at a local fair and I am not sure, I never found out.

Then last September of 2020, all the chickens vanished.They were huge. I asked the neighbor and he said he had to find a home, that he had no experience.

But this spring he had 5 more - more normal looking hens for eggs and eating bugs.

My heart is still broken over my Roosty, never ever thought I could fall in love with poultry, but they are so amazing and smart.

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I'm so sorry...
by: Cath

What a sad story, Pamela. Roosty sounds as though he had a special place in your heart, and it's never easy to lose a chicken but one who is so special to us is even harder.

Chickens are indeed very special. They often find their way into our life to make it somehow easier.

I am thinking of you, and sending hugs across the miles.

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Bolt the glorious rooster

Bolt was the fastest chick that ever lived & so we named him Bolt after the athlete.

He is the most gentlemanly chap you could ever meet, always alerting the chooks to food arriving and actually standing back and waiting for the hens to eat first.

He is 7 years old and still the most glorious bird to behold. One day chirpy and today a sunken shadow of himself. We will miss him dearly.

Thank you for this wonderful tribute page and your video.

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Wonderful Bolt.
by: Cath

Bolt sounds like the most wonderful rooster. I am so sorry to hear that he seems to be a shadow of his former self.

For any chicken to reach the age of 7 is a very good age. It is a great tribute to yourself and your care of him.

It does not make it any easier when the time finally comes, but hopefully you will be able to hold on to all the memories he leaves you with over the years.

I wish Bolt every possible best wish and that, when his time comes, he goes peacefully.

Thinking of you.

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