I have been dreading writing a post like this, and hoped I wouldn't have to for several years. 2 weeks ago, Fluffer- Nugget, my RSL hen was found laying on her side in the coop. We immediately knew something was wring and brought her home to take care of her. I syringe fed and watered her every day. I tried so hard and did everything in my power to save her, but she just couldn't recover. I risked failing tests and not finishing my homework because I was working so hard for so long to help her. Last Wednesday, I could tell she was fading. I spent the last few days with her sitting snuggled in my lap, propped up on my leg because she couldn't even keep her balance while she was sitting. Although her body seemed to fail her, one thing that never changed was her eyes. They stayed that beautiful orange and stayed clear and bright the whole time. Several times she looked up at me, just looked me straight in the eye and stared. I think she knew what was happening. I told her how much I loved her and how much joy she brought me. I don't know if she understood, but it was important for me to say. I'm so glad I got to spend those last few days with her. Friday morning she passed. Fluffers was one of my first chickens. She and her siblings were the reason that I joined BYC. She lived to be 4 years old, which I think is a decent life. She was a faithful egg layer and laid all throughout the winter, although sparingly, and even laid up to the last few weeks of her life. I will always be able to hear that sad whining sound that she would make when we put her and the others in for the night. She was she smallest and lightest of my girls, but she stood her ground and didn't get pushed around. I will always remember how she was so good at flying and would fly up on top of the coop and anywhere that pleased her. She was the sweetest of our girls and would perch happily on your arm. She was a blue ribbon award winner both for beauty and showing. She had the prettiest highlights all over her feathers that none of my other girls had. I hope that she had a good 4 years with us and enjoyed it as much as I did. I hope that during her sickness she didn't feel much pain. Regardless, she is at peace now. I know that many people say that she was just a chicken, but I believe that God keeps a special place in heaven for all his beloved animals. See you later, Fluffers.