Hello from Nova Scotia! This is my chicken story (Warning, it's rather sad!)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MaddiesMum, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. MaddiesMum

    MaddiesMum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi everyone,

    I'm fairly new to the site, seems like a great crowd on here!

    I do not currently own any chickens, but I have in the past. I worked on and did animal care at a nearby heritage museum farm for the past two summers which had your usual animals: pigs, cows, sheep/lambs, goats, ducks, and chickens. They borrow young animals each year from other nearby farms and give them back at the end of the season, so I've done my fair share of young animal care and getting milk/slobber (and god knows what else) all over me!

    I absolutely fell in love with chickens during my time there, for reasons I'm sure you all know! I dreamt about getting my own chickens for nearly a year before I finally took the plunge and set up a time to get my own!

    I decided on bantams first, and the man had a yard full of them! He basically told me to pick whatever I wanted (a lot of them were mixed breed) and that's what I did. The barn was mess, no pens, just chickens everywhere which concerned me a little as it didn't look like it had been cleaned in some time. However, after looking around for a few minutes, I fell in love with a little pullet, a polish silkie mix, and took her home. At the time I was planning to pick up a few more birdies from different person, so I just stuck with one at that time.

    She was the most beautiful little bird I had ever seen, and tame as can be! I couldn't get over how she would just sit in your arms and just close her eyes and seemingly fall asleep. I had never seen a sick chicken before but it didn't take me long to realize something was wrong (less than a day), and that she was sleeping far too much for a chicken. Within a few days her nose started running, she stopped eating and drinking and she just wasn't well. I contacted the man and told him what was going on and he offered to take her back and give me a different one, but I knew in my heart what would happen to her if I did. Obviously with these signs I wasn't going to be picking up any more chickens, and risk spreading whatever it was.

    There were no vets in my area that would see her so I had to rely on online sources, and she picked up for a while and was on and off in good health, was eating/drinking again, and getting colour back in her comb/wattles, but ultimately in the end whatever was wrong with her took over.

    During her time with me, I had her inside a lot just to monitor her and make sure she was okay as well as provide her with the company I knew she needed, and she was pretty much my best friend during few months I had her. She was a happy little girl and she learned her name quickly, (my beautiful Maddie girl!) Almost daily I would whip her up mini chicken-sized salads, let her eat my watermelon rinds (I couldn't help but leaving a massive amount of pink on there for her!), cut up slices of cucumber for her and let her have chicken safe remainders of dinner. I'd surprise her with mealworms and crickets, lift up rocks for her when I was gardening and just generally spoil her. She'd come to me for cuddles and we we'd often fall asleep watching movies together. Oh I miss you my Maddie. I was so lucky to have such a perfect girl. I miss the clicks of her little nails on the floor as she'd run to me when I called her. She always knew I'd have a little treat for her.

    It's been a couple months now, but I still can't help but have tears in my eyes every time I think about her. She was my whole world. I devoted all my time to her and she was like a child to me. I loved her with all my heart and always will. I have her urn in my bedroom because I promised her while she was still living that she would be coming to Newfoundland with me when I move in a few months.

    I'm hoping within the next few years that I will have chickens again, as I have been in some kind of crazy withdrawal since my summer job at the farm ended and my girl passing away. I keep myself occupied on various Facebook chicken groups and it keeps me as satisfied as I'm gonna be with the current situation. I really think I'll enjoy taking part in his forum, and it'll bring me closer to the life I miss so dearly.

    To lighten things up, I envy all of you lucky chicken keepers and I demand you go out right now and give your little fluffy butts some treats!


    ^ I always found this to be a rather sassy photo of her, haha! She looks like she's a runway hair model.
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
  3. Shellz

    Shellz Chillin' With My Peeps

    :hugs :hugs Sorry for your loss & welcome to BYC. Poultry ownership is fraught with highs & lows, but mostly good times. I wouldn't change it for anything. :D Hope you get chickens again. :)
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC! Sorry about your loss of Maddie, she must have been a sweet wonderful little chicken, amazing how much they endear themselves to us. Hope you'll be able to get some peeps again in the future, always a good time to start picking out breeds.
  5. chickenboy190

    chickenboy190 Overrun With Chickens

    May 31, 2013
    Welcome! Hope you get more chickens soon!!and [​IMG].
  6. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    Go get yourself some healthy chickens, and start enjoying all the crazy antics chicken provide.
    Welcome and enjoy!
    Steve. :frow
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC - hopefully you will get birds again.
  9. MaddiesMum

    MaddiesMum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks everyone, and yes, I will definitely be getting birds again, I wouldn't be able to live without them! They're so fun and always find a way to make my day.

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