Lurker no Longer

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chickenchic1, Mar 19, 2015.

  1. chickenchic1

    chickenchic1 New Egg

    Mar 19, 2015
    I have raised backyard hens (8) in the Chicago suburbs for nearly three years now, and I love it. My birds are so quirky and fun to watch: it's like having living art in the backyard. I actually found this site because, unfortunately, one of my birds, a three year old Isa Brown, died suddenly this afternoon, and I was searching the internet looking for answers (which I don't think I'll find) and comfort (which I found here). I just don't understand. She was free-ranging around the backyard one minute, and, when I went to check on a broody bird in the coop (not the one that died) about 30 minutes later, she was dead under a bush with no marks or signs of struggle at all. In fact, she was still very warm, so I think she had died minutes before I found her. There was nothing out of the ordinary: my birds have eaten the same food, drank the same water, lived in the same coop, and free-ranged in the same yard every day for three years. I just can't keep wondering what went wrong. I also can't figure out why I am so **** sad over a chicken! But, she was definitely the leader of the flock and was always the first to greet me every day. I miss her.
  2. ChicKat

    ChicKat Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    So very sorry for your loss. There aren't words - and we all go through that sadness when we loose one of our favorites (and they are usually all favorite for something).


    The heavy-duty egg layers -- like your ISA and like a Golden Comet I had -- are not bred for longevity. You know that she had a happy chicken-life --- and died without a long protracted period of illness and suffering. Chickens don't expect much more than that.

    Welcome to the forum!! (as a member that is) ;O)
  3. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 30, 2012
    River Valley, AR

    and [​IMG] sorry for your loss.

    Chickat said it well. Our first group of girls were sex links and the oldest lived to be almost 4. They were designed for eggs and not a long life unfortunately. Different breeds will have different life expectancies.

    Enjoy your birdies and welcome to the chat!
  4. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]
    Glad to have you join! Feel free to make yourself at home!
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    I am terribly sorry for your loss![​IMG]
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about your hen :hugs
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Sometimes birds just die for no apparent reason Sorry for you loss. Hope your others continue to do well. Welcome to the flock.
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our community.

    I'm sorry for your loss![​IMG]
  10. chickenchic1

    chickenchic1 New Egg

    Mar 19, 2015
    Thank you all so much for all of your kind words. This morning I went out to open up the coop, and I immediately noticed that one of my other birds--an otherwise strong and beautiful Rhode Island Red--was huddled up in the corner. When I picked her up, she made some gurgling sounds: clearly, she is close to passing. She seemed just fine yesterday when I let her out, although my son noticed that she was crouched in the corner when he locked them up last night. At three years old, does this seem right? She and the ISA brown who died (very suddenly) a week ago were best buddies; could this having something to do with her obvious demise? Two healthy, happy, well-cared for birds in one week? Ughhhh...

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