This site has been nothing but supportive to me. So as I sit here with my hen Pippie (a white silkie) in my arms, I had to talk about her & knew I could come on here. I've had her for about 5 years & got her when she was maybe a year old. She was with my first ever hen Sookie, who sadly got very sick at about a year old & was put down by the help of a great vet (his father also owns a local zoo & shelter that does wonderful things for wild animals that have nowhere to go). Poor Pippie was by herself, so I got fertilized eggs when she was broody & I was able to see these amazing babies born. And so I kept one, the orange one, Pumpkin. These are my pets & they always got the best. Watermelon, corn on the cob, oatmeal, super worms, zucchini. Somehow Pippie hurt her leg about a month ago & luckily she got better (with the help & advice of someone on here). But for the past week I could tell she was losing strength. This past weekend she would just sit in the pen, not bothering to scratch. Thinking her leg was bothering her I gave her some aspirin & she did start moving around for a day. I came home tonight to see her in her nest box, where she'd been sleeping since she hurt her leg. I kept her & Pumpkin in the coop today due to the cold damp weather we're getting. The poor thing was just sitting there with her head hanging & I knew it was gonna be bad. When I love, I love completely & animals probably get triple that. I became a vegetarian about 10 years ago because I love animals that much. So I sit here in my living room. Pippie under my arm on a pillow, not making a movement. Very shallow breathing. I hate to see her go but glad I can give her the warmth & love that I feel for her. I really hate days like these, but I will always have animals in my life. What they give you is so much bigger than the pain you feel when you lose them.