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I will always miss my little girls R.I.P. Dowie and Leia

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Dowie, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. Dowie

    Dowie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These two girls were the funniest, strangest and most endearing pets I've ever had. I never thought a chicken would wiggle its way into my heart, but these girls did. They were pekins, and they were both so dear to me.

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    They were glued together at the feathery hip, and would roam the lawn like little turkish-panted hoovers. They chatted to each other; they would roost on my wrist. Leia was starting to jump up next to me and chat. Unfortunately I had an unsuccessful mixed flock, and a big white hen started tearing out and eating Dowie's tail feathers. I had to seperate the flocks, and the two little girls would go into a cat box every night, and then come inside where they were safe.

    Every morning my DH would get up and they would sing to him 'ooooh? ooooooh?'. So sweet! [​IMG] Then he would release them into their pen (Leia would always leap from the box, she was a little punk, always chasing other birds and jumping up and down and complaining for more food).

    One night DH and I left them outside in the cat box. I said to him that night, "I have a bad feeling about a fox, we should bring them in." He dismissed my concern, and unfortunately, I also dismissed my concern.

    At 3.30 that morning I heard Dowie cluck for the last time. I knew in my heart she would already be dead by the time I got there, as I heard the banging of the fox fleeing over the back fence. I saw Dowie in her last moments. Leia was found a few metres away near the fence. We buried them immediately, and now there is an empty pen and they will never come back. [​IMG]

    I loved them so much, they were little feathery angels. Some animals are truly innocent, and through their innocence we regain our own. I will always miss you Leia and Dowie. I'm so sorry I didn't keep you safe.

    Dowie with her former best friend Lucy Rose, before the flock got split up:

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    Leia the smart aleck posing:

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  2. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    What a bittersweet tribute for two lovely gals. Sorry for your loss.
     
  3. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

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    So sorry to hear about the fox. Isn't it strange how we get those feelings, and you feel guilty about not acting upon them.[​IMG]
     
  4. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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  5. Dowie

    Dowie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:What I learnt was ALWAYS act on gut instinct, even if it seems stupid.
     
  6. Dudu

    Dudu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's a great way of putting it!

    I am very, very sorry for your loss. Unfortunately I have also let my other half 'dismiss' my concerns a few times, and more often than not nothing good came out of it. I believe we girls have a much stronger sense of intuition about such things, even though we're often called "worrywarts" for that.

    Please don't beat yourself up, personally I have made mistakes before too and I hope I have grown a little bit wiser (and not ashamed to insist if I feel (exactly FEEL) that something needs to be done differently for my babies).

    Please know that Leia and Dowie are indeed angels now and as such they will remain. I can feel how much loved they were and they spent all of their life surrounded by love from you. Maybe it didn't last long enough, but it was a fantastic life to live.
     
  7. Magic Birdie

    Magic Birdie Overrun With Chickens

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    How sad [​IMG]
     
  8. pawsplus

    pawsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] I'm so sorry. They were very pretty girls. You'll see them again at the Rainbow Bridge. [​IMG]
     
  9. Dowie

    Dowie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's a great way of putting it!

    I am very, very sorry for your loss. Unfortunately I have also let my other half 'dismiss' my concerns a few times, and more often than not nothing good came out of it. I believe we girls have a much stronger sense of intuition about such things, even though we're often called "worrywarts" for that.

    Please don't beat yourself up, personally I have made mistakes before too and I hope I have grown a little bit wiser (and not ashamed to insist if I feel (exactly FEEL) that something needs to be done differently for my babies).

    Please know that Leia and Dowie are indeed angels now and as such they will remain. I can feel how much loved they were and they spent all of their life surrounded by love from you. Maybe it didn't last long enough, but it was a fantastic life to live.

    Thanks Dudu and everyone else. From now on I will be a proud worrywart and a better chicken mama. I am so grateful for BYC - most people don't understand how traumatic it is to lose a chicken.
     
  10. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] They were beautiful.
     

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