I had a chicken named shakers that died today in my arms. So befitting for memorial day. Shakers was a hatchery chick I got last year from meyers. I knew from the start I should have culled her, i thought she was just nervous at first by shaking her head. I knew later she must have had a neurological disease, took her to the vet and all he said was there was some sort of brain damage with her and nothing infectious. I found my shakers to be very sweet, she loved to picked up and cuddled and constantly found her way her into my house by following me in the back door. She found her way into our heart as well. She was inferior to the other chickens, smaller, she walked slower but many of the others always cuddled with her at night in attemot to keep her warm and one rir protected her fiercely if one of the chickens did appear to pick on her. I went out into the coop this morning and she was resting in the corner, stewart my roo was right beside her cooing. I picked her up and she made a lil squack and cuddled in the crook of my arm while i petted her and after about 5 minutes died in my arms. My roo is crying right now, a pitiful sad squacking and crowingand the others just seem to be hanging their heads. I gave them a half watermelon I had in the fridge and stewart seems so sad does not want any part of it though it's one of his favorite foods, he must have really loved her, my poor boy. I buried her beneath the apple tree where she loved to scratch under. May shakers rest in peace.