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post #171 of 173

Here's our other one.  This one isn't quite as red, but better trained.  Still having a hard time figuring out which one to keep.

DD is teaching them how to come & jump on her arm when called. (I don't chase chickens, so they must be easy to catch or be well trained.)

 

Faraday40

Mom, wife, science teacher, artist, & animal lover

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Faraday40

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post #172 of 173

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I can't believe it!  I just went out to do an egg check. I noticed a hawk take to the air as I was walking out & found my poor Spitzie ripped to pieces.  It was a gigantic bird - like a red-tailed hawk - so I doubt there was much the roosters could do.  

 

I'm so very sad & in shock.  She was one of my fastest chickens, in good health, with great reflexes.  Also, she was white to blend in with the snow.  I know this is just nature & to be expected, but it doesn't help my feelings at the moment.  After 2 failed hatches from 2 diff breeders (shipped eggs), I finally got eggs in February via a friend who drove by an Appenzeller Spitzhauben breeder on vacation.  I was so excited to have all 6 hatch & after much deliberation, we decided to keep our sweet Spitzie as the new fancy, member of our flock.  She was a gentle, quiet, easy-going girl who always loved to pose for the camera. (We have more pics of this pullet during her short life than any hen or rooster we've ever owned.)

 

RIP my dear Spitzie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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While writing this, the kids came home from school. As you can probably tell, Spitzie was a favorite.  Lots of tears today.

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post #173 of 173

Sad. It is always hard losing birds, especially special pets.

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