I would just like to take a minute to say goodbye...

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Miss Red, May 21, 2011.

  1. Miss Red

    Miss Red Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2010
    Trinity, Texas
    After several months of battling every mite and disease she could catch.
    After several years of cruel confinement and mis treatment.
    After being rescued.
    After showing her beautiful personality.
    After being the smallest hen I had.
    Ginger passed away in her sleep last night.

    She was a Golden Sebright cross hen I rescued from some folks down on their luck with a group of 40 or so other bantams. When I got her, she had scaley leg mites so bad she looked like she had the legs of an elephant. Her body was covered in other lice, but sh survived and thrived. Ginger was about eight to ten years old, at her youngest. She still pumped out a whopping three eggs a week on a good day, but for the most part we didn't get eggs from her. Ginger spent a LOT of time laying in the nest boxes, soaking up life with the rest of her bantam friends.

    Monday, give or take, I noticed Ginger wasn't looking quite right. She hung out on the roost, and just slept. Her old lady slumbers getting longer and longer. Yesterday she got down off the roost, waddled out into the yard, and dusted herself really well. Then she walked up to me, put her head on my shoe, and laid really still. I picked her up and we brought her in, where she slept on a pile of shavings in the pen she stayed in while her mites went away. She was thin, maybe 4 or so of her usual 6 oz self. I knew we were saying goodbye.

    Her best friend, a little Serama named Sir, was mourning when I woke up today. He knew. We didn't have to tell him.

    It seems the whole yard knows. It's eerily quiet not a crow or egg song to be heard. Ginger, you will be missed. You took on such a hard life, and lived another happy year with us you may not have felt otherwise. Your funny faced offspring are in my brooder. Those crazy serama sebrite silkie babies will be your legacy. Have fun across the rainbow bridge chasing bugs and digging in horse poop! Those were your favorite activities, afterall, other than a good ole dust bath.
  2. hennyannie

    hennyannie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2011
    North Carolina
    So sorry for your loss. It warms my heart to hear this story. So glad she had a chance to live the good life.
  3. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    Aug 3, 2009
    What a nice tribute to your girl. You gave her a wonderful life.
  4. julie75

    julie75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sounds like you gave her a great life. [​IMG]
  5. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

    May 11, 2010
    A wonderful story. Remember it always.
  6. lavenderlakefarm

    lavenderlakefarm Out Of The Brooder

    May 11, 2011
    Your ginger knew how very much you loved her. Most chickens are not given the best of life, unless they have the privelige of being loved like you loved her. RIP ginger.
  7. Miss Red

    Miss Red Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2010
    Trinity, Texas
    She will be greatly missed. For an old lady, she was a great laugh. She would try to chase bugs, but ole' arther said otherwise. Sir would bring her bugs and they spent every moment together. He was her watch dog. Sir was raising cane yesterday, so I went to check on them. That's when we knew. It was her time. Her previous owners had her for MANY years and she was an adult bird when they got her.

    She spent just over a year with us. Loved getting lovings, and ran from large fowl when she was out with the big flock. She wanted to be a house hen, but we let her stay with Sir. He always got upset when they separated. He was just so sad this morning. Had his head hung low and was standing over her favorite nest box.

    sadness fills the yard. Even my loose teenage boys didn't come out of their coops, they stayed put. She will have a memorial service and a cremation this afternoon.

    Edited for spelling.
    Last edited: May 21, 2011
  8. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    I dont usually cry over stories like this, but this time...

    Thank you for being such a fabulous chicken mom!
  9. <3ChickenForever

    <3ChickenForever Fire Is Catching

    Feb 20, 2011
    Awww I'm sorry for your loss! [​IMG] I was touched to hear this story. Ginger won't ever be forgotton!!
  10. iBoodle

    iBoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 10, 2011
    Awww...[​IMG] RIP Ginger


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