RIP Ethyl, Lucy, Sugar and Houdini

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Barry Natchitoches, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. Barry Natchitoches

    Barry Natchitoches Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are long since running out of space over here and were forced to look at reducing the size of our flock.


    Sugar and Houdini were the oldest ladies and weren't laying much anymore.

    Houdini attacked Ethyl a few weeks ago and blinded her in one eye. Ethyl has not been able to live with the rest of the flock since.

    Lucy is Ethyl's bosom buddy -- born of the same clutch, raised along side Ethyl every step of the way. We knew she would mourn Ethyl so much, and since we needed to cull at least one more, Lucy ended up being the one we (reluctantly) chose to be culled.


    We found a local chicken farmer who has really good facilities for butchering chickens, and has a deep respect for the birds he culls. He is as gentle as you can be with them. So we got him to cull the four of them. He would have given us back the meat in butchered, frozen form, but we couldn't eat these hens. So we asked him to donate their meat to somebody with a limited income who could use the extra meat.


    I miss them already.


    RIP Ethyl, Lucy, Sugar and Houdini.
    I hope to meet up with you on the Rainbow Bridge someday.
     
  2. Farm_Maven

    Farm_Maven Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Dowie

    Dowie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] How sad, but sounds like Houdini was being nasty, Ethyl was ostracised and her little friend couldn't live without her. Hard choices to make.
     
  4. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

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    You did the right thing , under the circumstances. I'm sorry. Now I'M crying.
     
  5. cravenchx

    cravenchx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Bless your heart.
    Glad to hear that they will
    help someone less fortunate.
     
  6. gmendoza

    gmendoza Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Heres a poem I just made for you.

    Rainbow Bridge

    by Gabriel Mendoza

    As I cuddled your body one last time
    What I must do it seems like a crime
    We’ve had our fun and fears,
    Our laughs and tears
    But I must help you to this place
    You’re face, I’ll never erase
    The beauty of you all, your sweet sublime,

    I’ll meet you at the rainbow bridge

    I can’t do what must be done
    I feel like screaming, my heart wants to run
    The pain in my body tears to my soul
    With you all gone there is a hole
    But I must move on
    And sing my song
    And thinking of this while I look at the midnight sun

    I’ll meet you at the rainbow bridge

    A new day will dawn
    But my feelings will not be gone
    Its harder now too look outside
    For I don’t want to subside
    There is no medicine that this pain can cure
    But one thing makes me sure
    The day will come, one that I have told……

    I’ll meet you on the rainbow bridge
     
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2011

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