The old girl gave up the ghost.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Guinea Goonie, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. I have two very old buff orp hens that i have been keeping to live out their lives.

    They have been very sweet ladies. Yesterday I found one in the silkie pile with her head turned around like she was sleeping. I got the others out of the way and sure enough she had passed on.

    It gave me great comfort to know that she passed with her friends around her and it looked to be a very easy death, passing away in her sleep.

    This is how it should be, RIP big girl.
  2. Uppity Peon

    Uppity Peon Songster

    I'm curious to know how old she was. Do you know?
  3. my1stchicks

    my1stchicks Songster

    May 12, 2008
    North FL
  4. HennysMom

    HennysMom Keeper of the Tiara

    Awe Rim, I'm sorry you lost your girl.... [​IMG] at least she was well loved and cared for by you. [​IMG] Thanks for loving her so much.
  5. GoldenSilverLaced

    GoldenSilverLaced Songster

    May 1, 2009
    East Central IL
    I think this is the first post I've read about a chicken death that was pleasant, as in she lived out her life and died in her sleep, surrounded by hen-mates, very peaceful. She sounds like she was well-loved. My condolences.
  6. gaberdeen

    gaberdeen Songster

    Apr 19, 2009
    Byram, NJ
    I will have a moment of silence in honor of your dear bird. My condolences.
  7. Autumn Mama

    Autumn Mama Songster

    Mar 15, 2009
    British Columbia,
    It sounds like she had a wonderful quality of life, and lots of love. Thank you for allowing me to read about the natural ending of a hen's life, to normalize it. So many have said to me, "you know, when they get too old to lay, in two years or so, you can just..."

    I much prefer your path and hope some day to let my brand new girls, live out their days for the other joys they bring, not just an egg a day!

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