In Memoriam - Open To All

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by HomesteaderWife, Sep 7, 2019.

  1. MROO

    MROO Crossing the Road

    What a great idea! I'm gonna do it, now, too ... in all that spare time I've always got, right? But I DO love the idea ... so I'm gonna try!
     
  2. micstrachan

    micstrachan Free Ranging

    Thank you! She was special for sure. They all are.
     
  3. CLovesDucks

    CLovesDucks Smitten with Ducks

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    Rest in peace, Big Red! :hugs:(
     
  4. BigBlueHen53

    BigBlueHen53 Crowing

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    Was Bagheera an Australorp? She was beautiful! They are on my wish list.
     
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  5. MROO

    MROO Crossing the Road

    Pepper, my bestest broody Nankin and the sweetest hen I've ever met ...
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    And Yukon - my sweet little OEGB buddy. He was named Yukon Cornelius because, as a baby, he was snow white; but as he grew, he couldn't make up his mind if he was silver or gold. By the time he finished getting his color (a few months after this pic was taken) he was a beautiful red pyle. He would walk on a leash and ride on my shoulder, like a parrot. He was so well behaved that he was a regular at our TSC. The cashier would always give him a bit of dog biscuit ... and he knew it. He even knew where they were kept at the checkout, so if she wasn't quick enough, he'd hop down and help himself! I lost my Yukon to coccidiosis, last year ... and I still miss him!

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  6. micstrachan

    micstrachan Free Ranging

    Yes, a wonderful Australorp.
     
  7. micstrachan

    micstrachan Free Ranging

    Aw. I’m sorry for your losses Rest in peace Pepper and Yukon.
     
  8. BigBlueHen53

    BigBlueHen53 Crowing

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    Well the only chicken I have had a real affinity for so far - I can't call it a relationship or a friendship, just more of a mutual respect - was Elvis. Yes, a big black rooster, our first. He may have been a Black Australorp or, more likely, a Jersey Giant, I don't know for sure. But he was a gentle giant. Even with his 4" spurs he never hurt the ladies. He was a bit awkward, clumsy and slow even, but he got the job done, and his gals were patient with him.

    I didn't know, when I named him, that day I picked him out of the crowd and named him Elvis on the spot, how appropriate the name would be. At the time I was just struck by his iridescent, sexy, manly black plumage and posture. He just looked like an Elvis to me!

    But within days I realized I couldn't have named him better. He was the crowingest roo in the valley! He crowed the sun up starting about two in the morning, according my dear MIL. He sang it across the sky all day long. He lulled it to bed at night, and he also crooned the moon up, down and all around. Elvis was in his glory, he seemed to announce, and all's well with the world!

    We are blessed to have no near neighbors to complain, but folks as far as a couple of miles away knew of Elvis and his bugle calls. They chuckled about it. But one sad morning a couple of years after he joined our little chicken farm, I didn't hear his clarion call. I went out to check and found him lying peacefully in a corner of the run. He'd crowed his last. Elvis had lain down to rest from his works and would never get up n'more. Elvis, it seemed, our fair singer, had "left the building." Other roosters have come and gone since then, but there'll never be another as cool as he. Like his namesake, there 'll just never be... another Elvis. Rest in peace, old friend.
     
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  9. HomesteaderWife

    HomesteaderWife Songster

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    I love that this thread has evolved into such a great place to share fond memories of our birds.

    I’ve got to give a tribute to sweet JoJo. Poor thing wasn’t even supposed to make it- the hen setting on the duck eggs kept waiting until they hatched then eating the ducklings so we took all of the remaining three eggs and without an incubator had to go with a heat lamp and an improvised box-cubator. It worked, and they ended up hatching and making it for quite awhile- JoJo was the sweetest and most photogenic baby! Such a cuddle bug. Rest In Peace little one.

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  10. BigBlueHen53

    BigBlueHen53 Crowing

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    Yes, thank you for this thread. The stories are great. Even though it is obvious there is sadness over the losses, you can still feel the joy everyone feels for having had these special birds in our lives, and it's a comfort to be able to share these pictures and memories.
     

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