In memoriam - Marigold, ISA Brown, Jan 2007 - Sept 2008

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by patandchickens, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I had to put down my favorite hen this morning [​IMG]

    Marigold was one of the three original laying-age pullets I bought from the feed store last year. All three were wonderful friendly funny chickens, but I liked her best - even though she was the weirdest-looking, with her butt twisted to the side and some weird tail feathers and not entirely henlike hackles. (She's the rearmost one in the photo on my personal page). She was the best layer too, but I just liked her personality a whole lot.

    She'd been having problems (of an internal laying - salpingitis sort) for some while, lately, but yesterday she was suddenly quite blown up and penguinlike, and quite unhappy. She was even more miserable this morning - she wanted to get out of the nest box, where she'd apparently spent the night, but was unable, and she just gave up and sat there with her head in the darkest corner. Since it was pretty clear what her problem was, and it isn't really a fixable or treatable thing, and she was suffering, I talked to her for a while and told her what a good chicken she is and then took her across the driveway to The Stump [​IMG]

    She's buried at the top of the back hill now, under a honeysuckle bush, next to her sister Matilda who died of basically the same thing almost a year ago. (No more ISA Browns for me).

    Now Maryanne is the only one left of the original three. We've moved her tractor over next to the "blonde chickens" run, so they can study each other thru the fence for the next week or so, and then I will try putting Maryanne in with them (a campine and two chantecler pullets, and a very henpecked and immature chantecler cockerel) and hope they can work something out.

    So, goodbye to Marigold. She was a really good chicken, the best, and will be very much missed [​IMG]

    Last edited: Sep 6, 2008
  2. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    I sure feel for you. I had to put down my favorite girl a few months back and it was so difficult. I'm so sorry. You did the right thing though. [​IMG]
  3. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    I am so sorry you had to go through that. May she rest in peace
  4. bayouchica

    bayouchica Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2007
    N.E. Louisiana
    I am so sorry. [​IMG] That had to be hard to do. ((hugs))
    Why does it always have to be the favorite ones ?
    RIP, Marigold
  5. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    I am so sorry..... [​IMG]
    RIP sweet Marigold.
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Oh, Pat, I'm so sad for you today. I've been there and I hate it. You did the right thing. I've lost three of my original hens to salpingitis and it's not pleasant to watch them just waste away. My husband was so reluctant to let the last one, Ruby, go. I wanted to put her out of her misery sooner, but she was our head hen, our "feathered pitbull", we called her, and she made alot of my hubby. She was a tough broad and it wasn't right to just let her slowly waste to nothing. RIP, Marigold.
    In memory of Ruby, Lorelei & Lacy, too. :aww
  7. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    Pat I am so sorry for your loss, [​IMG] I have not had to cross that bridge yet but I know that that day is coming for me all to soon.
  8. ChickaD

    ChickaD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2008
    central Vermont
    Pat, I'm so sorry. It's even harder when it's a special, friendly buddy. [​IMG] Hope something REALLY good happens to you soon to help balance things out a bit.
  9. Zookeeper9000

    Zookeeper9000 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2008
    Gladstone MI
    [​IMG] :aww
  10. hoosier

    hoosier Chillin' With My Peeps


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