So I have to feel another loss.....

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by sookiesmom, Dec 2, 2014.

  1. sookiesmom

    sookiesmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.



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  2. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    I'm sorry about your bird. Hope you can find some comfort in knowing she had a good life with your care.
     
  3. rebrascora

    rebrascora Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So sorry to hear that Pippie is unwell and possibly coming to the end of her life. You have obviously given her a wonderful and loving existence and I hope that your memories of her good times will help you if the worst happens. I hope pumpkin doesn't fret too much from the loss of her mother and companion and that you are able to find a suitable new companion for her if need be.

    Thinking of you and sending you hugs [​IMG]

    Barbara

    PS. That is a really charming picture of them. I hope you have a framed copy of it on your wall so that you can look at it every day and remember her
     
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  4. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    I am so sorry about Pippie. I know how sad it is, but she feels your love and comfort.
     
  5. 10whiskers

    10whiskers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sorry to hear about your Pippie. I can only imagine what you are feeling. Try to lighten your heart by knowing you've been a good Mom to her. [​IMG]
     
  6. sookiesmom

    sookiesmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you everyone who commented. Always hard to lose something you love & only harder when you don't have family who is loving & caring to help you through the difficult time. Thank God for good friends & this site for its support.

    I'm in the process of either trying to find pumpkin a good home as a pet or another buddy because she is lonely.

    Again thank you everyone. I was happy that Pippie waited til I got home & was able to hold her & comfort her til she took her last breath. It really would've hurt more if I wasn't there for her.
     
  7. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    [​IMG] I'm so sorry about your baby being sick. Animals do give us so much, don't they? I do hope she gets better.
     

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