I feel a huge loss.

chickeninfested

In the Brooder
8 Years
Jul 27, 2011
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Our favorite hen died suddenly this weekend. I went out to close the pop door sun night, and she just didn't seem right. I brought her in and kept her warm, but she wouldn't eat or drink. She was breathing easy and I could find no wounds, but she was very lethargic. I called several vets, but it was nightime and no one would see her. She died during the night after clucking softly to us. My son is heartbroken, this hen did everything with him. She went on walks with us, sat with us, even went out to dinner with us often. (we live on an island, and many places are very casual). The hurtful thing is, no one gives ua any sympathy, they say, oh well, it was just a chicken, or even make jokes. Our grief and pain are real, we really loved our girl. We have other chickens, but right from the start, this hen decided to be part of the family. I miss her so much, and I wish someone understood my sorrow. I d n't know what caused her sudden illness, I could not help her and I hurt so much.
 

chicmom

Dances with Chickens
10 Years
Feb 24, 2009
8,696
289
316
Strasburg Ohio
OH, there are plenty of members here who understand your feelings......Chickens can be so personable and delightful! So sorry you lost your special family member!

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Sincerely,
Sharon
 

Rockin' Reds

Songster
9 Years
Sep 3, 2010
494
0
111
Penrose, Colorado
Oh no...I'm so very sorry for your loss. It's really difficult to lose one of our feathered babies, especially when they are so close to us. I really can't stand it when people have the nerve to tell me "it's just a chicken." Well my "just a chicken" means as much or more to me than "just your dog or cat, or whatever." Try not to let that get to you. There are tons of us here who feel just like you do. Again, I'm sorry for your loss and may your girl rest peacefully.
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ramirezframing

Crowing
8 Years
Mar 2, 2011
9,123
325
316
Knee Deep
Sorry for your loss, but i would have loved to went out to eat with your whole family. It may take a while but you will come across another special one, not just like her, but special in it's own way.
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gryeyes

Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers
10 Years
Sep 22, 2009
15,506
432
358
My slice of heaven in Somerset, CA
I always think of those chickens as having gone to the Sunny Meadow, where there is perfect soil for dust-bathing, plenty of grubs and bugs for every chicken, and the freshest puddles from which to drink freely.
 

CMV

Flock Mistress
10 Years
Apr 15, 2009
6,770
197
281
I am so sorry for your loss. I just lost my favorite hen, Chipmunk, over Christmas. I don't cry over chickens, but my daughter and I sobbed our eyes out together over this girl. It was a huge blow. I has helped us to talk about the silly things she used to do that made her so endearing to us. It may be too soon for you and your family to do that just yet, but soon enough it will bring you comfort. My daughter initially didn't want to talk about Chipmunk at all, and when we started telling funny Chipmunk stories, my daughter started crying. But pretty soon she was also laughing through the tears, remembering all the things that made Chipmunk our favorite.

I am truly sorry for your family's loss.
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We all understand here.
 

Suzie

Crowing
12 Years
Jul 9, 2009
3,117
789
371
Auvergne
I wanted to write to say that my chickens and all of my animals mean the world to me - nobody can "replace" any that we lose - our emotions are raw and the heartache that comes with our loss is as great as anyone can feel - love comes in different guises and to me to lose any of my animals is as great as any other loss - I am a Mum ( Mom ) to my babies.

I am so sorry that my words offer no comfort other than to say that you have known real unconditional love - nurture your feelings - you are one very special person to love as deeply as you do about your animals!

In time for you and any one of us the great memories will outweigh the sadness at our losses - meantime - look after yourself.... we do care about you!

Suzie
 

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Chirping
8 Years
Oct 24, 2011
207
4
83
U.S.
Aww, so sorry for your loss! With tears in my eyes after reading your sweet post and sad loss, along with all of the others, I feel your pain
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and heartache. It is puzzling why some of the animals we care for don't make it, as you are a great caretaker. She was probably comforted to have your family nearby in her final hours! Very sweet!
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