RIP Chris 10 + yr old Hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ThornyRidge, May 31, 2011.

  1. ThornyRidge

    ThornyRidge Songster

    Oct 28, 2008
    I have had chickens now for a bit over 10 years.. it has been a joyous occasion since I have mainly kept them as a backyard hobby and pet- well that provides entertainment and eggs! I started my chicken venture before Easter of 2001 when I plucked 2 random peeps out of a large kiddie pool and gave a $5 donation to a local petting zoo. Not knowing anything about chickens I hoped that they would at least not both turn out to be roosters.. well lo and behold when they finally developed into the lovely ladies they were I ended up with a barred rock hen (Jean) and a lovely Rhode Island Red hen (Chris).. these two were the best of friends and took over the roost so to speak when my flock began to blossom. Over the years I added silkie pairs, random chicks from TSC, and order of small number of hens from Meyer Hatchery. Chris and Jean maintained there rule of the roost even with the mistake roosters that happened into my flock. Another luck of the draw was a lovely Light Brahma (kindly referred to as Eagle) who rounded out the 3 old hens.. I lost Jean over a year ago and Chris and Eagle took together and seemed to never be out of each others sight.. Unexpectedly I lost Eagle about 3.5 weeks ago.. not sure what happened.. I am thinking a chicken heart attack if that is even a possibility.. she was fine at night and then literally looked like she just fell over and died when I found her in the morning- no injury or trauma.. Eagle was around 7 years old.. This seemed to hit Chris pretty hard.. she never seemed to have much energy her last few days.. the night before she passed I gently picked her up and held her in my lap for quite some time.. I just seemed to know it was her time..I had promised her some grapes ( my chickens loved them) but store was out.. instead she got time with me. Chris seemed to pass quietly the next afternoon. I found her hidden away.. hopefully now frolicking with her buddies Eagle and Jean in Chicken Heaven... Chris lived to the age of 10 years and 2 months. I will miss her. I miss all of them. My last kind gesture was to bury her right next to Eagle.. RIP Chris!!
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] Having hens that live to that age is an indicator of how well you care for your chickens. Well done, and sorry for the losses.
  3. ReikiStar

    ReikiStar Songster

    [​IMG] Thank you for sharing about your lovely girls. I'm so sorry both Eagle & Chris were ready for the big free range in the sky. No doubt all three are together again ruling the roost. My sincerest condolences. [​IMG]
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida
    A very rough time for you, it never gets any easier when they pass away like that. I wish you the best.
  5. jtbrown

    jtbrown Songster

    Mar 30, 2011
    Southeastern Ohio
    Really touching, I hope I can be so good as to keep hens to that age, condolences for your friends.[​IMG]
  6. Katydid2011

    Katydid2011 Songster

    Apr 22, 2011
    West Coast USA
    What a lovely story of friendship and care. You made me cry. [​IMG]
  7. CatDaddyAlbert

    CatDaddyAlbert NoFeathersRuffled

    Apr 22, 2011
    Gumboro, Delaware
    The payback you get for the time and expense you pay to take care of your birds is the love THEY show for you and the happiness they provide. SOunds like they were MORE than well taken care of and paid you back 10 fold. So many of us here know what that is about and how the loss feels to us. None of us can EVERY know how the loss feels to you and never believe someone that tells you they do. I would say from your story they had the best of a good life and when the time came for them to travel to the next place we will all go to someday you were there for them. They could ask for no better!!!!!
  8. kelar

    kelar Songster

    May 22, 2010
    You must be a very good chicken mom to have your girls live such long and happy lives. Sometimes they just pass on like that and leave us wondering why. Very sorry for your losses of all your grand old ladies.
  9. 1livelychick

    1livelychick Songster

    Feb 22, 2010
    What a wonderful tribute. So sorry for your loss. I lost my lovely Attila the Hen last week. SHe was 7 and had such a wonderful spirit. I understand where you are coming from!
  10. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Reading about your lovely hens brought a tear to my eye... Sounds like they led full and happy chicken lives [​IMG]

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