A Christmas Tragedy

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by myfinefeatheredfriends, Dec 27, 2014.

  1. myfinefeatheredfriends

    myfinefeatheredfriends Songster

    Mar 1, 2011
    I posted this story on my Facebook page but since nobody there understands my love of chickens I have decided to share it with fellow BYC members to get it off my chest, as it were. I've been mulling over it ever since it happened... what could I have done to prevent it? Why did it have to happen on Christmas of all days?

    Anyone who raises chickens knows that they are at the bottom of the food chain and that it is nearly impossible to keep all predators away from the flock. After what will be 14 years of raising chickens as of 2015, we still have not found a totally predator-proof way of raising them without keeping them fully confined. Since putting up poultry netting across our entire pasture is not an option for us, we have only two choices: allow the birds to free range and provide as much cover areas for them as possible to run to in case of a hawk attack, which is what we did, or keeping the birds confined to a coop and small fully covered run. We regretted that decision on Christmas day.

    A hawk decided to make one of our chickens his Christmas dinner... and that chicken was our beloved Scooter, our 3 year old Serama rooster who started our Serama flock when I hatched him from eggs purchased from California. He was late to hatch. He had difficulty hatching and had to be pulled out of his egg as a chick. He was our "miracle" and after that became the friendliest rooster we ever had, as if he were grateful for saving his life. He never bit us once and would come up to us to sit on our laps or to be held. Unlike most bantams we've had, he wasn't afraid of people. Since we had him from birth, losing him was like losing a member of the family and I just HAD to share his story to those who understand. I loved Scooter like a cat or dog. He meant much more to me than "just a chicken" as someone rudely pointed out on Facebook.

    Anyways, thank you for all who have read this. Hope you all had a great holiday!


    P.S. This is a photo of Scooter raising his babies. When his hens would kick the babies out of the nest, he would take over. He protected his hens very strongly and I believe that may have been what he was doing when the hawk took him because one of his hens was also very rugged afterwards. He was also gentle on the hens, not aggressive when it came to mounting them and wouldn't constantly crow like most roosters. He meant a lot to us. R.I.P. Scooter 08/21/211-12/25/14
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  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    I'm so sorry to hear about your loss [​IMG] It sounds like Scooter was a wonderful cockerel and will be missed very much, not just by his humans, but his flock mates as well. That is such a sweet pic of him with the chicks.
  3. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Crowing

    Oct 31, 2008
    West Michigan
    My Coop
    I am so sorry you lost Scooter. Of course your description makes it clear Scooter was one of a kind, and the photo show how sweet he was.

    I feel sorry for those people who have never had the pleasure of knowing a chicken. If the friends on Facebook where fortunate enough to befriend a chicken, then they would understand that a chicken can form a bond with a person like a dog or cat can and the loss is felt just as deeply.
  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    I'm so sorry about you losing scooter :hugs

    He sounds like he was very well loved member of your family. I totally get your comparison of love to a cat or a dog I too love my chickens just as much as my other animals and even my human family members. All my animals are part of my family. I've shed many tears over lost chickens,most friends think I'm barking mad. They just don't get it though the whole chicken thing. I love the pic of him helping to raising his babies it's great.

    I hope with time you can come to terms with your loss of scooter and look back fondly on the great times you had together. Time really is a great healer.
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2014
  5. shelldero

    shelldero In the Brooder

    Oct 30, 2013
    So sorry to hear your story of the loss of Scooter. He died doing his job as a protector. RIP Scooter, and peace and hugs to the folks left to mourn the loss of his spunky personality. [​IMG]
  6. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    [​IMG] I'm so sorry about your loss of Scooter, he looks like such a sweetheart of a guy, and so handsome too. [​IMG] We all understand how you feel here on BYC. And chickens are no different than any other pet, no matter what others may think.
  7. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams

    I am also so sorry to read of your Christmas Tragedy [​IMG]

    Scooter does sound like a sweetheart and I also love that picture of him, so sweet.

    I have two indoor cats who I love very much and while adorable, they do not make me smile and laugh as much as my chickens do. Non chicken owners definitely do not get it. I have also cried many tears over my lost feathered babies.

    Time and taking a few hours out of my day to just sit with my small flock and enjoy their antics is a good healer.

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