RIP Ruby......

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Lunachick, May 29, 2010.

  1. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    She had sour crop but improved so I let her join the others and she had fun the last two days, eating and hanging around with her friends. She didn't have enough strength to hop onto her roost at night, so she stayed on the floor in a nice warm pile of pine shavings. She must have died during the night. [​IMG] Now I hope she's with Pearl who died in February. The two of them were my first chickens. Ruby was the best leader and protector of her flock. [​IMG] now I'm down to four.

    Ruby & Pearl were both Red Sex Links and I think they were bred to be great egg layers, which to me means they don't live long. After they "retire" some kind of health issue comes up and - BANG - they die.

    I'd like to envision them in a sunny field of grass scratching around and then having a lovely dust bath together where ever they are. It's a dark rainy day here and I'm very sad.
  2. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    [​IMG] [​IMG] So sorry Luna
  3. Scoop

    Scoop Songster

    Jan 16, 2009
    Central PA
    Awe, so sorry. Hopefully she didn't suffer much. Just remember you gave her a much better life than she would have ever of had in a factory farm. I am just so sorry for you loss. [​IMG]
  4. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

    May 22, 2009
    North Central Florida
    That's sad. I think your theory on the high production hens is correct. But it is like loving a big dog. We know they won't last as long, but the fun we have while we have them is what we have to look at, not the end. Please try not to stay sad long. It produces the wrong kind of chemicals for you to stay healthy.
    So sorry about Ruby. [​IMG]
  5. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    3goodeggs - It's not in me to stay sad too long. I just went out to see how the others were doing, it cleared up just a little, well it's not raining at the moment, so they're out tooling around. They're back at doing chicken things, so I'll take my cue from them and go on doing people things. [​IMG]

    It's just a shame, those two birds were not even 3 yrs old. [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 29, 2010
  6. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Quote:Awesome attitude Luna....
  7. HennyJenny

    HennyJenny Songster

    Dec 26, 2009
    Bennington, NE
    I'm so sorry, Luna.
  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Very sorry, Luna. [​IMG]
  9. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    Thank you guys, it's hard when they go - dang it. I have her in my greenhouse til it dries up out there and I'll put her next to Pearl in a little corner of my tomato garden. Good thing I didn't plant things yet.
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I'm so sorry! I've lost one to sour crop and a couple to crop stasis as well. Sometimes, it's just too late to help by the time you really know what's wrong. Our first head hen was also named Ruby. Lost her to internal laying.

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