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Rest well my Sweet Sweet Sylvia

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by HorseFeatherz NV, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    In mid August of 2009, I answered an ad placed in BYC's BST section. There was a member in California with some chickens looking to be re-homed. What started with one adorable little D’Uccle hen – ended with 6 chickens coming home with me.

    One of those chickens was Sylvia. I did not pick her, she chose me.

    I recall walking around the chicken run – which seemed close to 2 acres. Everywhere I went, this Silver Laced Cochin hen followed. When I stopped, she would come around front of me and stand by my toes. If I looked down at her, she looked up at me.

    “Pick another chicken” the BYC member encouraged me – by that time I was up to 3 bantams – the D’Uccle plus 2 bantam cochins, a Splash Orpington Rooster and an EE who had had crop surgery (https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=21291 ). Not sure who to pick, I finally said – looks like it will be this girl who has been following us.

    “That is Sylvia” she said. I reached down and scooped Sylvia up.

    All the birds adjusted really well. We got use to each other while they were in quarantine and once out, they blended smoothly with the existing flock.

    Thru the last few years, I have hatched a few of Sylvia’s eggs. Her crosses with the Splash Orpington Versace always produced cockerels, so I did not hatch many of her eggs.

    In the fall of 2010, we finished a smaller coop for my Bantam RIR Rooster Woodstock. Sylvia was one of the hens who made the move into Woodstock’s coop. With her Cochin friend Blondie, Sylvia hatched a few clutches of adopted eggs in Woodstock’s coop.

    Start of this winter I noticed Sylvia was having some difficulties with her molt. It was dragging out, Sylvia would come out eat and then retreat back to Woodstock’s heat lamp (Woodstock cannot tolerate temperatures less than 20 degrees during the day, much less the single digits we get at night).

    Sunday, I heard Sylvia squeak as she was breathing. I asked her if she had swallowed some feed wrong – as that was the same type of sound. She seemed fine and spent the day scratching around in their run.

    Monday when I let the birds out, Sylvia did not come out. In the coop she was huddled under the heat lamp and struggling mightily to breathe. I picked her up and brought her inside, she was thinner than she had been a week ago. Enticed her to eat with treats and watched her settle in trying to breathe.

    Thru this week, her appetite picked up and she was drinking water normally. Her struggle to breathe was still there, but not so severe. I suspected either edema in her lungs or possibly her heart, or even both. Noticed her struggle seemed the worse when she was exhaling. Never any nasal discharge or any sign of an “illness” that was treatable. Her abdomen was not distended or swollen.

    This morning at 2:30am I was awoken by scratching sounds against a kennel. At first, I thought it might be one of the dogs – needing to go out and trying to gently tell me. As I rushed down the stairs, I realized it was a chicken.

    I made it to Sylvia’s side just as she finally passed away. I was able to hold and comfort her to the best of my abilities. My sweet girl with a gentle soul, who picked me has passed.

    I shall bury her today in the Apple Orchard. Two others from her original California flock are already buried there. I am not 100% sure how old she was. I know Chloe, the crop surgery bird, will be 5 this spring, and Versace the splash Orpington Rooster will be 4. I am guessing Sylvia would have been 4 or 5 this spring.

    Rest well my sweet, sweet girl. May the bridge bring you to a place filled with green grass, juicy bugs, fantastic sunning areas, deep cool shade, wonderful dust bathing spots and all of your friends. I shall look for you when it is my time to join you.




  2. indi

    indi Chirping

    Aug 4, 2011
    Hi HorseFeatherz NV I am so sorry for your loss she sure is a pretty hen. [​IMG] She was lucky that you were there for her to comfort her. I am so sorry, remember her. [​IMG]
  3. stormylady

    stormylady Songster

    Dec 27, 2008
    Im so sorry for your loss. [​IMG]
  4. flowergirl60

    flowergirl60 Songster

    Feb 13, 2011
    Austin Tx
    She picked you because she new you would give her a good life. She was very pretty and I'm so sorry for your loss. [​IMG]
  5. bucky52

    bucky52 Songster

    Apr 26, 2011
    [​IMG] so sorry to hear of your loss.i teared up reading this.
  6. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Thank you all.

    I am still a bit weepy over her.
  7. ChicknThief

    ChicknThief Songster

    Jan 12, 2008
    Nor Cal
    Aw Silv [​IMG] She would have been 4. She lived such a wonderful life with you. She feels no more pain where she is now [​IMG]

  8. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Quote:[​IMG] Thanks ChicknThief I am very thankful to you and your family for giving me the chance to love her and share my life with her.

    I did love her dearly and she is missed.
  9. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

    May 27, 2010
    Reno, Nevada
    aw wow! what a pretty little thing [​IMG]
  10. sherylreno

    sherylreno Songster

    May 13, 2011
    Reno, Nevada
    It sounds like you both were very lucky to have found each other. I'm weeping too Genny. I actually remember when you pointed her out to me when I was there because we both have Sylvia's. Sorry for your loss. [​IMG]

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