Madame Sunni (LOTS of pictures)

  1. MsChickenMomma
    This is Sunni. She was hatched May 6, 2013. I have owned a lot of chickens in the last three years, and she is by far my favorite. When she was a baby she was very curious, and skittish. I couldn't handle her, but she was such a goof ball and so much fun to watch.

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    When I would take photos of her, she loved to stretch her neck and look at the camera as if to say, "Ooo! What's that?"

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    As she got older she became a bit for trust worthy. She started to realize that my hands really weren't so bad, and she and her sister Daffodil would both climb all over my lap. Sunni was always a slow grower. When her sister were all full feathered, She still had big tufts of baby fuzz. But she was oh so cute.

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    When Sunni was 10 weeks old (July 17,2013), she became very ill, and I almost lost her. (The story of her illness is very long, but if you wish to know more about what happened, you can find her story here. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...mics-wet-fowl-pox-an-important-lesson-learned ) I spent 3 months syringe feeding her three times every day. She loved coming in the house at meal time. Over the course of those three months, she and I became very close. She started following all over the place every chance she got. Because of what she went through at such a young age, she stopped growing at about 4 months of age. Because she became smaller than her other flock mates, she started to get pushed down to the bottom of the pecking order. Due to this, she spent even more time with me. By 5 months she was laying eggs and had started eating on her own. I missed having her in the house, and she missed it too. So I did lots of research and asked my parents if Sunni could come live in the house. It took a lot of persistance on my part, but on October 30,2013, Sunni came to live in the house.


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    (the day she became ill)
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    (recovering. Day 3)
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    (Waiting for her lunch)
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    (So cute!!)
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    (Sisters pecked off a piece of her comb. [​IMG])
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    (Being goofy!)
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    (First egg!!)
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    Sunni loves her new life in the house. She no longer gets bullied by her old flock mates, and she is the most spoiled young lady ever. Looking at her now, you would never guess that she had such a ruff start. She is Queen Bee of the house, and she loves to remind our cats of that. [​IMG]
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    On December 17, 2013 something happened that we never would have imagined. We were sitting around the table eating dinner, and Sunni was at my feet begging for table scraps, and our dog was under the table next to her. She must have tried to give him the usual peck or something, and our dog lost it. We aren't sure exactly what he did to her, since they were both under the table, but we think he got his mouth around her head and he broke a good handful of feathers behind her wing. She stumbled out from the table and fell to the ground. I thought she was dead and I lost it too. But she was alive, she was just in severe shock. Within and hour she was on her feet, but she wasn't at all her usual chatty energetic self. She stood in the same spot of her coop wwith her head pulled close to her for hours. I woke up several time that night and gave her pedialyte with a syringe. By 4:00am on December 18th, I knew she was dying. She lost control of her neck, and she kept almost falling over backwards. My parents and I sat on the couch with her in my lap for 4 hours waiting for the veterinary clinic to open. We had intended to take her in to have her put to rest to end her suffering. I have never cried as much as I did in that 4 hours. By 8:00am we knew we couldn't take her to the vet. We decided that if she was going to die, she should die peacefully in my arms where she felt safe.

    All that day I sat in a rocking chair with her all bundled in a blanket and tried to keep her as comfortable as I could. I also researched and tried to find out if there was anything that I could possibly do to save her.

    Sunni is such a fighter. By that afternoon she was standing. Her pupils were fixed dilated, and she was blind in her left eye. I was told that she was going through shock, and it would most likely be fatal. She had a small puncture on the top of her head that I found early that morning, and she had a large dark greenish blue bruise across most of the top of her head and down behind her left eye. I was told here on BYC that if she was in any pain, we should try giving her baby aspirin. We gave her that mixed in 1cc of water, and within an hour she was walking. She walked all over my room. Her coordination was really off since she couldn't see out of her left eye, but she was trying to peck at things like she normally did.

    That night she slept in a soft-sided tote in my bed, and by morning her right eye was dilating and contracting like normal. I just couldn't believe how much she was improving, after I thought she wasn't going to make it.

    After a couple days her eyesight came back, she was more active and chatting like she used to, and she was starting to eat small amounts on her own. Seeing her alive on Christmas morning was the best present I ever could've gotten.

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    For now she still isn't eating much on her own, so we have been tube feeding her. But hopefully she will start eating fully on her own again soon. She just started a molt yesterday (December 29, 2013), so that may also be why she isn't very interested in food.

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    January 22, 2014 (update)

    Sunni is doing great. She has started eating and drinking fully on her own again, and has even started laying eggs again (as of January 12, 2014) We are in the process of moving, so the house is getting pretty bare. Sunni is such a little creature of habit that she follows me around whenever she's out, asking me all kinds of little chicken questions. Probably wondering where the heck all of our stuff is! [​IMG] I'm looking forward to seeing how she does with the move.

    We got about an hour of sunshine yesterday, and she loved it.

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    In her nest box laying an egg this morning.

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    Thanks for viewing! I will be updating this periodically with more stories and pictures of Sunni. [​IMG]

    -MsChickenMomma (aka Ashley)

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  1. highcountrybell
    shes too cute!
  2. lynzee63
    what an awesome story! Please keep us updated on her progress.
  3. backyardflock1
    I am so glad she's alive. It seems you can't break the bond between the two of you! :) Thank God Sunni is okay! :)
  4. MsChickenMomma
    @Tacampbell1973 Thank you! She was just being goofy in that photo. She likes to lift up her leg and kick at the pouch of her diaper sometimes. It's funny to watch! lol
  5. Tacampbell1973
    Hi Ashley and Sunni, Great story and Sunni is so photogenic as usual :) . She is just beautiful. What is she doing in that picture four up from the bottom? Looks like she's bustin a move! Anyway just wanted to say that I loved reading your story and to show my support for Sunni...take care, from your Forum Sister from "people with house chickens"
    LONG LIVE OUR HOUSE CHICKENS
  6. flo12345
    This is the most beautiful story I have ever read <3 ^_^
  7. KC101
    Thank you for this story.
  8. SydneyChickens
    That was so gorgeous! Sunni is seriously the cutest hen! What a beautiful little lady and very lucky to have such loving family!
  9. blondizsmilz
    What a beautiful story with a happy ending. So awesome! She is so beautiful and so are you Ashley!
  10. TwoCrows
    What a beautiful story! She has won the chicken lottery. House chickens can be so rewarding for both the chicken and yourself. Keep up the lovin'. :)
  11. MarcoPollo
    I hope Sunni continues to get better. You are awesome for taking such good care of her! Thanks for sharing your story and pictures. She is adorable :)
  12. stonecoldchey
    That story was touching and it sounds like you and Sunni have a very strong bond. <3
  13. ChickieG'ma
    Sunni is just adorable and I love that you get to keep her inside. I especially love her extensive wardrobe of inside attire!
  14. zeb1432
    Nice story with happy ending. Hope lesson was learnt re dog/chicken feeding at table!! :)
  15. MsChickenMomma
    @KWSRetMSgt We aren't completely sure why he attacked her. We think she may have provoked him by pecking him or chasing him, but it's hard to know for sure. To keep her and our dog safe we no longer let Sunni explore the house unless our dog is put in his cage. We wouldn't want something like this to happen again.

    @The Mother Hen Yes, she is a Buff Orpington. :) The little outfits that she is wearing is actually a chicken diaper. They are sold from many places, but my personal favorite is http://www.hensaver.com/Hen-Holster.html
  16. The Mother Hen
    She is so pretty! Is she a Buff Orpington? Also, what is that bag underneath her attached to her back?
  17. KWSRetMSgt
    Did you guys ever figure out why your dog attacked her??
  18. Farmgirl1000
    Your chicken is so pretty! I love the story.....it has such a happy ending:)
  19. Fancychooklady
    What a beautiful pair of girls you are!
  20. Cheryl1948
    Your dedication and love for little Sunni is awesome! I admire you for not giving up on her and I pray you have many many more years with your Sunni!
  21. ooltewah
    I would love to know more about the diaper device
  22. ooltewah
    I love your loyalty and the miracle is so inspiring.
  23. farmgirl02
    What a pretty story! Such a pretty chicken, too
  24. texgardengal
    Great story. You had me laughing at her funny pictures. So glad it was a happy ending. Way to go. I will be keeping up with Sunni!!!
  25. MsChickenMomma
    Thank you everyone! I get asked a lot how her name is pronounced. It is pronounced Sunny, I just spell it with an i. :) Thanks for the kind words from all of you. <3
  26. lularat
    Thanks for sharing. She's a lovely girl and very blessed to have someone who loves her as you do.
  27. Royal Red
    Thank you for sharing your personal journey with us about your beloved Sunni! You're amazing young lady who is making our world a better place. Keep us posted. Blessing from Michigan!
  28. ShelbyCoral
    Wow, such a beautiful story! <3 Best story about a chicken and human by far! It makes me feel happy you get to have a chance with your hen. I wish mine was still here...
  29. scampisi
    She is such a pretty little orpington. You did such a great job Ashley. I just love a happy ending.
  30. Joshua G
    Great pictures too!
  31. Joshua G
    Wow! Keep up the good work.
  32. Troy6671
    Sad! Tear in my eyes for your little girl!
  33. ChickensRock01
    Nice Name! Sunni..Is she muslim? what did u do to the dog?
  34. bantambury
    Awesome job! I read about sunni multiple times in BYC! such a brave chicken!
    (awesome name too!)
    ~Ashley (aka Bantambury)
  35. NanaLynn
    Nice job, Ashley congrats!
  36. ChemicalchiCkns
    Interesting religious Name.
  37. roostersandhens
    Congrats on picture of the week! :)
  38. Chickenpen
    If I may, I think each one of us can relate to your story.. It was presented so well and the pictures gave me a close up view of a wonderful friend you have. Thank you for taking the time to post your story. It was such an encouragement to me; not to give up so easily on one of mine.
  39. Suzie
    Many congratulations...not only for Sunni's story...but also the fact that your love, hard work and dedication have won through...she is one amazing chicken and you are a very special person...I love her character!
    Wishing you both many happy and healthy years together!
  40. Chickenpen
    If I may, I think there may not be one of us here that can't associate with your story. Thank you for sharing it with us. I was glad it had a happy ending.
  41. GenomicsGirl
    She is adorable! I really enjoyed reading her story. You are such a good Mom!!!
  42. BYC Project Manager
    Congratulations, we've chosen one of your chicken pics for the Chicken Picture Of the Week. Thanks for posting your chickens to our "My Chickens" pages! You can find more info about our POW here: BYC POW process
  43. BantamFan4Life
    I love hearing Sunni's charming story! She's so adorable! Thanks for sharing Ashley! :)
  44. TheGoodLifeGirl
    What a beautiful hen and human love story. So very sad that she's been through so much, but I feel your love for each other has given both of you strength. I hope you have many more memories together. Also love her little outfits! (do they have poop catchers to them?)
  45. One Chick Two
    Sunni is beautiful and her story is inspirational. Her photos are lovely. You did a great job. Thank you for sharing her story.
  46. drumstick diva
    what a miraculous story for the season (or any time), I hope the dog never gets another chance with her.
  47. roostersandhens
    She is just such a pretty hen! :) I love the pictures!

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