I feel a huge loss.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickeninfested, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. chickeninfested

    chickeninfested In the Brooder

    Jul 27, 2011
    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.

  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    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!


  3. Rockin' Reds

    Rockin' Reds Songster

    Sep 3, 2010
    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. [​IMG]
  4. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Crowing

    Mar 2, 2011
    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.[​IMG]
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    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.
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  6. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    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. [​IMG] We all understand here.
  7. Agnella

    Agnella Chirping

    Jul 20, 2010
    N. Georgia
    I'm so sorry for your loss. [​IMG]

    Don't pay attention to those mean people who don't understand how much a chicken can mean to us.

  8. flowerchild59

    flowerchild59 Songster

    Apr 25, 2010
    Southern IL
    So sorry that you lost such a special part of your family.
  9. Suzie

    Suzie Crowing

    Jul 9, 2009
    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!

  10. egghead@1265

    [email protected] Chirping

    Oct 24, 2011
    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[​IMG] 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! [​IMG]

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