Lost my shadow and it hurts. (Sorry this message is so long!)

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by portia66, May 27, 2007.

  1. portia66

    portia66 In the Brooder

    May 10, 2007
    North Carolina
    [​IMG] I recently lost my favorite hen, Crazy legs. She was a brown and tan game hen , that I got from a friend because she would not let the roosters mount her , she would fight them so hard that when I got her she was completely bald and her comb had been torn almost all the way off so I originally called her Baldy but as time when on and her feather came back , I renamed her Crazy legs .( she ran like she had just stolen something and was trying to get away) This hen was already about 3 years old and she became my shadow all day when I was outside doing chores or just digging in my flowers she was always beside me . I have 5 pitt bulls that own along with my chickens,ducks and rabbits and even the dogs would let this hen follow me around in their pins while I tended to them every day , she fast became my best friend for he past two years, then a couple of weeks ago I got a very bad stomach virus and could not even go outside for a whole week so my husband took care of the animals for me. By Saturday of that week I felt good enough to sit in a chair in my chicken yard and visit my chickens and feed them some bread snacks as I did Crazy legs would not let any of the other hens even take a morstle from my hand, she took every piece and put it on the ground but didn't eat any. I noticed that her head was swollen because she had been fighting with the roosters and they had gotten her eye and face pretty bad , I doctored her up and we spent the rest of the after noon just sitting together. The very next morning I got up early feeling much better and went outside to see my chickens and I found her dead on the ground by the chair. I know my neighbors think I'm crazy but I sat on the ground with her in my arms and cried for hours. I'm only writing this in memory of my ,Crazy Legs and bacause I really feel that the folks that visit this site would understand and not think me crazy for loving an old worn out hen like I did and for saying I lost my shadow and best friend and it hurts!
    Thanks for listening to me and sorry for the long and drawn out message,
  2. thndrdancr

    thndrdancr Songster

    Mar 30, 2007
    Belleville, Kansas
    Oh, Portia
    Your post made me cry too. I am so sorry, and no, you are not a bit crazy.
    I lost a little one I was attached to at six weeks a few weeks ago and cried like a baby for two days, she also shadowed me, if I had her for two years I would still be crying about it. It doesnt take long to get very attached, and Crazylegs made herself your pet and your friend. We get special ones like that now and then.
    I consoled myself to think my brother, who dearly loved all animals would be delighted with taking care of a new one over the rainbow bridge.
    My condolences to you and may her spirit have lots of goodies and treats on the other side, yet still watch over you when you need.
  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Portia......Of course we dont think you are crazy. I am so very sorry you lost your little crazy legs....shadow. :aww They sure do become part of our everyday lives, and its hard to lose them. Just know this, and take some comfort....she is in the Lords flock now...and I am sure she is watching over you. [​IMG]
  4. Oh. I'm so sorry. I cry when I lose a hen or any pet. They are a part of us. Give her a good burial if you can. It will help you feel better. Merry
  5. schmoo

    schmoo Songster

    May 7, 2007
    West MI.
    Losing a special pet is so hard. I feel terrible for you hun. RIP crazy legs. It sounds like you were a great chicken mama for her to love you so much. Hang in there.
  6. Motherhenandflock

    Motherhenandflock Songster

    May 17, 2007
    Southeast Idaho
    So sorry for your loss. [​IMG]
  7. Oaknim

    Oaknim In the Brooder

    Apr 25, 2007
    Sylvia, KS
    Hugs to you sweetie! I know how you feel - when one of our chicken killer dogs murdered my little Ancona that we named Minorca (that's what we were told she was) I went on a screaming/crying fit for a couple of hours. I loved her dearly, she was very tiny compared to everyone else and they all picked on her. I'll light a candle for your crazy legs today. ~ Oaknim
    Last edited: May 27, 2007
  8. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    I'm sorry for your loss your story made me cry too. I understand how you feel they are like your babies and its hard to loss one. I love how she came to your chair when she died. It was like she wanted to be close to you when she died.
  9. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    [​IMG] Oh, sweetie, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. She sounds like a wonderful friend and I know the pain you are feeling.
    Keep remembering the happy memories and she will always be with you.

    Remember always this:
    "They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies."
    - William Penn
  10. hencackle

    hencackle Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Telford, TN
    Everyone on this board understands how much it hurts to lose a special chicken. I'm really very sorry about Crazy Legs. I cried for days after losing one of my favorite hens too. [​IMG] Your hen knew she was loved.

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