Originally Posted by robhuncor
So sorry - I know that feeling, watching them go. I just lost one of my beautiful white silkie roosters that I hatched 9 springs ago. There were 4 originally, all roosters, but for a bunch of years now it's just been "Pointyhead" (funny tuft of feathers on head) and "Other Guy", the most beautiful one. They came from a show line of bearded silkies and were so gorgeous and gentle. Just a couple of weeks ago, Other Guy began to weaken. I often had to clean out their nares because those cavernous nostrils collected dust! So I cleaned him up and gave him extra TLC but he gradually faded away. I think it was just old age. So sad. But Pointyhead is still looking great. I need to get some pictures. I just got a new phone/camera so will try it out. I also need to post a pic of Barnie Green who just turned 13! in February. She still looks the same as ever - she's amazing. She came during my Eggbid days when I used to get started pullets of different breeds from all over the country. Barnie (a Barnevelder with a green band) came to me when she was 7 mos. old in 2003 - I just looked it up (again!) in my chicken diary. I can never believe how old she actually is.
Yea for Barnie Green! She's turned into a classic. Maybe we need a Barnie Green tag for her, like they do on old Camaros, LOL.
It's interesting how some just keep on and on and on and others peter out all too soon. I feel June lived a good, long, healthy life. She was with Dutch, son of Hawkeye and Lexie, originally, then when Isaac was old enough to have his hens, she was his. And she was his favorite all that time, too, though he also had a soft spot for Maretta, who was a lookalike to her, both being EEs with wheaten-ish coloring. Good old gal, my Junie.
It's also funny how my Caroline, my buff Brahma, is my only hatchery hen left, and my oldest of all hens here. She hasn't laid in at least two years, has that terrible pendulous crop that, if she doesn't get regular massages/pushes, the food will sit low and turn into sour crop. She just went through a long, hard-to-fix bout of that recently, and I thought we'd lose her, but nope, she's better and kicking butt again (not that she ever really stopped). I feel that if it were not for her pendulous crop, she would live to at least ten years old, but the crop is hard to manage.
I know about the nostrils getting packed with dirt. It's a wonder than more of them don't have that, with their heads down, digging like they do. Caroline's one side is so plugged that I can't fix it. She starts to turn dark if we attempt to work on it, so I guess she'll have to just breathe out of the other side.
Edited by speckledhen - 3/30/16 at 1:35pm