Martha (pic heavy)

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by pipdzipdnreadytogo, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. pipdzipdnreadytogo

    pipdzipdnreadytogo Dorking Queen

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    This morning, I found Martha in the little nest I made her last night, curled up and cold. Martha had died in the night, before I had even gotten the chance to try to help her.

    I noticed she wasn't well last night, but only at roost time. I figured there was no use in trying anything by then, and I planned to try to help her today. Martha had been behaving like she was brooding for the past week or so. As Martha didn't often brood, I didn't know that her behavior was actually out of the ordinary for her. She just wanted to sit in the back of a nest box all day. She never growled or fluffed out, but I figured Martha, as she had always been quiet and shy, was just being Martha and brooding in her own way.



    This was the first picture I ever took of Martha:
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    When we first got our three golden Sebrights, I didn't know what to think. They were pretty shy at first, but before long, they found their place in the flock. Those little banties, my very first little banties... Before I knew it, they had run right in and stole my heart, and they're so small and adorable that I just let them. It was heartbreaking that I couldn't do anything for Martha, not even to make her more comfortable in her last hours.



    Martha may have been quiet, but she did have some attitude to her:
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    Martha, when she did brood and made me pull her out of the nest and put her in the broody-away pen, would always have a dissatisfied look:
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    When she sunbathed, Martha would always make it look so comfortable:
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    Yes, Martha made sunbathing look good:
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    Martha only roosted in the rafters a couple times, but I was fortunate enough to get some pictures of her dusty little butt up there:
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    Martha knew I intended to get her down from the rafters that evening and had to try to intimidate me away:
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    (Martha was far too cute to be intimidating, though.)


    During the winter, my Sebrights have a tendency to go insane, and Martha was no exception:
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    (Martha is the kung-fu banty in the air, wings out.)


    She was still a little cutie between her bouts with insanity:
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    This was the last picture I took of Martha, snuggled up next to barred rock Diana:
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    Unfortunately, she was most likely just coming down with whatever killed her in this picture (it was just after pulling her out from a nest box earlier this week).



    Martha was one of the hardest birds to lose from my flock. I spent most of the morning blaming myself and it just tore me up inside. But after burying her and having some time to sit with the rest of the flock, I have come to the conclusion that there was nothing I could have done. I know Martha had a great life here for the two years she was with us, and most importantly, she was loved.

    Martha will be greatly missed, but I could never forget that quiet, yet sassy little beauty that up and ran off with a piece of my heart.
     
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2012
  2. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    What a beautiful tribute to a well-loved bird. Sorry for your loss.
     
  3. Suzierd

    Suzierd Crowing

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    Very sorry you lost Martha :( Do you know what could have been wrong? She was a very pretty girl.
     
  4. GardenGal

    GardenGal Songster

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    I'm so sorry about your lovely Martha. She had a wonderful life with you and her flock. Hope everyone else stays well and happy for years to come. [​IMG]
     
  5. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Crowing

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    Martha was so beautiful. So sorry you lost her. [​IMG]
     
  6. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Crowing

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    Martha was adorable. I have a sebright that looks just like her. I'm very sorry for your loss! She seemed to be quite the character! [​IMG]
     
  7. jtbrown

    jtbrown Songster

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    I now love your Martha, beautiful little tribute!
     
  8. dadezbombz

    dadezbombz Hatching

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    Awe, so very sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful lady!!!!! I love the kung fu pic, it really did make me LOL!! We lost one of our ladies today also :( Great pictures .
     
  9. TinkyFeathers

    TinkyFeathers Chirping

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    Oh no, I'm sorry. [​IMG] She was a beautiful hen. The kung fu pic is awesome of her!
     
  10. GSDBESTK9

    GSDBESTK9 Chirping

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    I'm so sorry for your loss. :( She was a beautiful bird!
     

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