Sweet Little Dixie

by Vicki Guest
(Michigan USA )

Laying her egg

Laying her egg

Dixie was not quite a year old. We purchased her with 3 other chicks last year for one of our broody Buff Orpingtons.

I believe she was a Dutch bantam/white faced black Spanish mix. She was very small and her eggs were tiny. She was sweet, mischievous and independent, always exploring our yard away from the flock, but not to far away. She was notorious for getting into my fenced in garden area.

Earlier this week she wasn’t acting normal, she wasn’t her perky self. She laid an egg on Monday, but Tuesday she slowly walked around the yard, stopping to close her eyes. And she was hunched.

So we separated her for the day. We wondered if she was egg bound. We gave her an Epsom salt bath, some electrolytes in her water and a dropper of B-12, a scrambled egg with nutritional yeast.

The next day she was wobbling, unable to keep her balance. She only ate a few bites of her eggs and I had to give her water from a dropper. By the evening her toes were curling off and on, she also looked like she was gasping for air, but she still kept trying to stand up.

Thursday morning we found her off her perch lying on the cage bottom, wings and legs stretched out. I wrapped her in a towel tried to give her water with a dropper and held her for a bit. I called my husband to ask him to come home from work to cull her because she was suffering.

While on the phone with him she started having what seemed like seizures. I held her right and walked outside where her flapping intensified. She let out a loud squawk and went limp.

I cried for an hour. She was gone. We have only been chicken tenderers for 2 yrs. We’ve lost several to predators so this was different. We had a sick hen several months ago but she got better within a week with B-12, electrolytes.

Did she have a stroke? Heart attack? A disease? We’ll never know, but she is resting peacefully now.

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RIP Dixie.
by: Cath

I am so sad to hear about Dixie, Vicki. What a lovely hen she was!

The problem with chickens is that often, they will not sow they are ill until it's too late to do anything to help. There's Sudden Chicken Death Syndrome which happens almost exactly as you describe. But it doesn't really help, because it still remains a mystery.

I'm very sorry for your loss, and I hope you will be able to remember the joy she brought you, and the fact that she lived a wonderful life.

RIP, Dixie. You were loved, and you are much missed.

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Nightmare Moon

by Samantha G
(Florida)

I lost my favorite hen today – Miss Nightmare Moon. She was named by my niece after watching my little pony.

Nightmare Moon was so sweet. Poor girl was just about a year old. Finding her this evening unresponsive, was heart breaking.

She was the first hen to start laying eggs. She would always find a way to get into the house and follow me until I gave her some fruit.

I have no idea why she passed away. There were no signs of illness or any injuries. She had been fine all day.

I miss her so much. I can't even put into words just how devastated I am.

Rest in peace, my beautiful feathery friend.

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RIP Miss Nightmare Moon.
by: Cath

I'm so sorry to hear about Miss Nightmare Moon, Samantha. What a lovely hen she was!

Sometimes chickens just die for no obvious reason. It's heartbreaking. All we can do is remember that, while they were with us, they led their best lives.

You cared for her and she was loved. She also had the prettiest name!

Fly high, Nightmare Moon. You are very much missed.

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Dorothy

by Val
(Swindon uk)

Dorothy was a chocolate Pekin bantam that I raised from a day old chick.

She was very tame and free ranged my garden with my flock and would sit on my shoulder when I was in the garden. She also would come in the house and sit with me on the sofa.

Rest in peace little girl. Mummy loves and misses you.

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RIP Dorothy.
by: Cath

I'm so sorry to hear about Dorothy, Val. It's so sad when we lose any chicken, but when we lose one we've raised from a chick it makes it even more difficult.

Fly high, Dorothy. You were much loved.

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Haddie

by Teri
(Town of Blue Mountain, Ontario, Canada)

I had someone babysit my girls while I was away for a few days. I returned and Haddie was nowhere to be found.

She was a Blue Azure. Of all of the girls, she was the feisty one. No fence could keep her from escaping to greener pastures. I searched everywhere for her and I found a large pile of white feathers and I knew that a predator had taken her.

It is the first chicken that I lost...and I hope it was my last.

She will be missed and I pray that her end was quick.

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So sorry for your loss.
by: Cath

I'm so sorry to hear about Haddie, Teri. Sadly, chickens are top of everyone's menu, and predators will find a way of taking our chickens whenever they can.

She brought you joy, and I hope you will be able to remember her with love and thanks.

RIP, Haddie. You are much missed.

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Runa

by Sarah Jean
(Hamden, NY)

We rescued a handful of chickens from a neglect situation at the end of December 2022.

Runa was a Rhode Island hen, she had beautiful reddish feathers with a touch of black on some. Though she was named after Odin's Valkyries, she was sweet and shy.

She was slightly more likely to shy away when other hens tried to eat out of our hands in a pushy manner. But we always made sure she got an opportunity.

She may have only been with us a few months, but we are so grateful to have known her, and provided her with the love and care she deserved.

We will miss you little hen.

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RIP Runa.
by: Cath

I'm so glad to hear that you can think of Runa with so much joy, Sarah Jean. It's heartbreaking when one of our loved hens dies, and so important to be able to remember the pleasure they have brought us.

Thank you for rescuing her. What a wonderful thing to do.

RIP, Runa. Fly high, little hen.

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Silkie baby hens that we hatched from eggs

by M Tui
(AZ)

These two black Silkie bantam hens passed last week. Elle and Flash were greatly loved. They were only nearly 5 months old.

We could tell them apart because Elle had flecks of gold in her hair while Flash had a blu-ish tint in her black.

They were as gentle and friendly as could be. They always jumped in our laps and seemed happy enough to love on us while the others wanted to be left alone. They were loving and made no fuss while getting carried.

We wanted them to live in house but mom said No. However we were shocked to realize that they fell over and were too hot in the sun.

While the other 5 Silkies lived, we were so saddened to find our favorites had passed.

We will forever miss you two babies. Rest in Heavenly peace sweet friends, where in heaven nothing dies, only lives.

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So sorry for your losses.
by: Cath

I'm so sad to hear about your lovely Silkie hens. They were beautiful, and I feel for you in your loss.

I'm glad that your other chickens survived, and I hope you will always remember the happiness that Elle and Flash brought while they were with you.

Fly high, little hens. You are much missed.

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Daisy

by Melyssa Stovall
(Buckeye, AZ)

The baby one

The baby one

I brought her home with her sister. She was such a sassy and adventurous little chick. She always wanted to flap and run around the little one. Would stand tall when the big hen came around.

She always ran to me when she heard my voice or saw me. Daisy was only 4 weeks old and I don’t know what happened.

She will be missed.

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So sorry for your loss.
by: Cath

I'm so sorry to hear about Daisy, Melyssa.Chicks can be quite vulnerable for the first few weeks of life, and it's almost impossible to know why they sometimes die without any obvious reason.

The important thing is to remember that she was loved and happy while she was with you.

RIP Daisy. Fly high, little chick.

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Becky Bear's Beauty

by KC
(NC USA)

Well...this isn't very easy. I know it will help keep Becky Bear be heard and mostly understood for what an amazing hen she was.

And maybe even better now that, for whatever reason(because 4 hours ago she was fine at 2pm), I go back out to the coop about 6pm and she was laying face first, belly down on the ground 😪.

I enjoy going to talk to them and love bonding with them during those moments before I see them the next morning. Now I adore each chick I have!

We have a special bond and are so tame and friendly, but I adopted Becky. So we had a different one on one bond. I adopted her about a year ago from a friend of mine who couldn't keep the batch of bitties.

Becky was completely black with a hint of a green tint when the sun would shine on her. Her feathers was completely beautiful, like silk (she's not a Silkie tho)and she's never acted like a regular hen would.

She loved having her "man" with her – Crip Daddy. But I recently moved Crip out of the coop into a different one. So it's bothering me thinking I made her depressed and she just...left.

She's been eating, drinking, moving around, etc. So my chickens get checked on throughout the day until the roost. I don't understand. If it wasn't because she was in her coop alone then what happened?

All and all she was a wonderful hen and she's deeply missed and loved.

For my Beautiful Becky Bear. ♡

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A lovely tribute.
by: Cath

What a lovely tribute to Becky Bear. She was a lucky hen to have you, and you were also fortunate to have her.

I'm sure moving Crip didn't have anything to do with why Becky died. Sometimes, chickens die for no apparent reason and there will have been nothing to be done about it.

Remember all the happiness she brought you, and please don't blame yourself. She lived her best life while she was with you.

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Chicken Little, gone but not forgotten.

by Terra
(Jurupa Valley, CA)

We got 6 chicks in June 2022 and have loved them so much. They are the absolute best pets.

We went out to the coop today and she was just laying there lifeless. Our hearts are so sad and confused as to why something like this could happen.

We love them, feed them the best organic feed. They get to free range too. I just don’t understand why or how.

RIP sweet girl. Thank you for blessing us with eggs.

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RIP, Chicken Little.
by: Cath

It's so distressing when one of our flock dies, and even worse when it's for no obvious reason.

Sadly, chickens are good at hiding illness until it's too late to help them. The important thing is that they live their best lives while they are with us.

And Chicken Little certainly did that.

Fly high, little hen. You were loved, and you are missed.

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Little Lumpy

Little Lumpy had some difficulty hatching, but I assumed it was because the shell was a bit too thick. When he’d successfully gotten out, I realized that wasn’t why.

Little Lumpy had some pretty severe deformities. His legs were on backwards, and his feathers were more like lumps or scales than feathers on his neck and back.

I tried for two days to bind the little guy’s legs to get them in the right position, but all I was doing was hurting him.

I didn’t want to give up, Little Lumpy was loud and peeping and biting and kicking, but Little Lumpy couldn’t move unless moved by a person.

Today I finally had to admit that I was keeping him alive because I couldn’t let go, not for his own welfare. He never would’ve been able to walk.

Today I buried Little Lumpy under the violets in my front yard. He was only here for two days, but he was a fighter. And I wish I could’ve saved him.

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RIP Little Lumpy.
by: Cath

I am so sorry to hear about Lumpy. Often, when a chick doesn't hatch it's because there is some problem physically. It's heartbreaking to watch them grow to full maturity in the egg and then not hatch, but nature often has its reasons.

You were kind to Little Lumpy, both by trying to help him hatch and by trying to help his physical issues. But in the end you did exactly the right thing.

RIP Little Lumpy. You tried hard to survive, but everything was against you. You are sadly missed.

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Bella Chicken

by Tracie Clark-Hudson
(Prees, Shropshire, UK)

Bella, Chica and Willow came to us 2 years ago from a friend who was having issues with a fox. She had them for 1.5yrs, they were rescue ex bat hen chicks.

Bella was the leader, the youngest, the most confident and always getting up to all sorts! Digging up next door's garden, always playing hide and seek, sneaking around to the front door and greeting us and hitching a ride on my shoulder whenever she could.

She was best friends with our dog and would constantly try and live in the house.

Today she was put to sleep and went peacefully.

I will miss her so much 😞

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RIP Bella.
by: Cath

I'm so sorry for your loss, Tracie. Thank you – Bella was a lucky chicken to have been rescued. Not all battery chickens have such a happy story.

I hope you're able to remember her with smiles and happiness.

RIP, Bella. You were loved.

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Shadow

by Nicole
(Idaho)

We received 4 chickens from someone who couldn't take them to their new residence and we honestly had no idea what we were doing. I did research and made the best possible environment with coops, heater for winter, heated water bowl for winter, constant supply of feed, and occasionally healthy snacks.

I went from being afraid of chickens to loving them like I'd had them forever. We grew to 8 in our chicken family and Shadow was one of the original 4. She got her name because she would follow you everywhere, like a shadow.

She let me hold her and pet her and every time I came outside she would come running to me. She was her usual self yesterday and today when I went to collect eggs, she was gone.

I found her laying in the coop alone and with no visible injuries so I have no way of knowing what ultimately caused her death. I keep wondering what I did wrong and how I could've helped her. If only I could've been with her so she wasn't alone when she died.

My Shadow is gone, but I'll always remember her for the beautiful, sweet girl she was.

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Sorry for your loss.
by: Cath

I'm so sorry for your loss, Nicole. It's so amazing to have such lovely creatures, and so devastating when we lose them.

Don't blame yourself. Chickens are very good at hiding illness until it's much too late to help them.

Shadow brought a lot of happiness and I hope you're able to remember the joy she brought.

RIP, Shadow. You were much loved and you are sadly missed. Fly high, little hen.

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Princess Aurora

by Natalie
(West Melbourne, FL)

Aurora with her bestie Jemmie

Aurora with her bestie Jemmie

Our baby was a delicate princess. A chatterbox with the sweetest voice.

We had her since she was a chick and she died suddenly in our backyard in a shaded cranny that her and her sisters would huddle up and take sand baths and rests together.

She died peacefully and without suffering. We will all miss her beautiful fire orange and Jemmie misses you the most. Besties forever.

Love you baby girl and we'll see you again someday. ❤️

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RIP Princess Aurora.
by: Cath

I'm so sorry for your loss, Natalie. she was a lovely hen.

I'm glad she died peacefully. She had a full and happy life while she was with you, and not every chicken can claim that.

RIP Princess Aurora. You are very much missed.

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Lover of chickens

by Gwen
(Murrieta California America)

Rest in peace Zelda

Rest in peace Zelda

Her name was Zelda we don’t really understand how she passed away. I just threw her in the air and she started throwing up blood and passed away. I feel like it was my fault. I threw her in the air and I don’t even know why I did. She was the first to trust me and let me pick her up.

Sometimes I even felt like she understood me. I would pour my feeling on her and share stuff that I hadn’t to anyone. Now she’s gone and I miss her a lot but we will always remember her.

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RIP Zelda.
by: Cath

I am so sorry for your loss, Gwen. Sometimes all we can do is learn from what happens to our chickens, and remember them with love.

Fly high, Zelda. You were loved.

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