Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by (chicken pun), Feb 9, 2018.

  1. (chicken pun)

    (chicken pun) Songster

    Nov 1, 2017
    Hello. You might remember me, but I haven't on here for a few months and I don't know how many older members of the site have come and gone, but I used to host the Best Breed Contest, a fun little tournament where we tried to decide which out of 4 chicken breeds was the fan favorite. If you were wondering if there was a reason I came back then you would be right, I've come to tell a story. However this story doesn't have a happy ending, I'd love it if you could and listen but I wouldn't blame you if you left now, so with that out of the way, let's get started. It was a beautiful spring day, the sky was a bright blue, the grass was fresh and petals from crab apple trees were coating the ground as the scent of damp soil wafted through the warm breeze.
    I got a call from the post office saying my baby chicks had arrived, I picked them up from the post office and returned home as I opened the box in excitement
    to find 4 beautiful baby chicks inside. I dipped their beaks and set them up in their new home. During the following weeks, I was expecting one to die, as they randomly do in their fragile youth, however by some miracle none of them died, I was happy I didn't have to say goodbye to one so soon. Around that time I was constantly feeling depressed but spending some time with my baby chicks made me feel hopeful, like life wasn't going to continue being a garbage disaster, I've had chickens since I was really young and I've always wanted to hold one and I always used to try but I always failed, so I handled my baby chicks every day in hopes that they'd warm up to me. Fast forward a couple months and these baby chicks have grown up into full fledged salmon faverolles, all of them were great but one stood out, none of them had a name at the time, but this chicken had the biggest beard, the fluffiest coat, but most importantly, she was the friendliest out of the bunch, she let me pick her up and she loved pets as the others would run away when I tried to pick them up and they weren't too fond of pets, I loved to pick her up and feed her and the rest of the gang treats, my family liked the name Valentine, and it started to stick. One day, Valentine waited on my porch for me to arrive, her comb looked cold and dry so I got her inside as she waited in the bathroom while I looked for some vasiline, when I found it I put some on her comb, for some weird reason I put her on my lap as I watched TV, it was like fate because, that was the last time I held her in my arms. I was rather busy so I didn't get to spend much time with them, but when I did get the time it was already too late, when I got home I found out she was killed by hawk. It was like her flashed before my eyes and I was plunged into a pit of depression and anger, I've been in denial for the last few days and it's really starting to sink in that I'll never see her again. This was what she looked like. I just needed to get that off my chest, and thanks for listening.
  2. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

    Jun 23, 2013
    The Big Island/Hawaii
    :hugs So sorry to hear of your loss :hugs
    Your picture didn't post, try again I would :love to see a picture of her.
  3. (chicken pun)

    (chicken pun) Songster

    Nov 1, 2017
    image.jpeg She is actually my profile picture, but here's another picture of her.
  4. Duck Lover88

    Duck Lover88 Songster

    Jan 11, 2018
    Piedmont N.C
    Awww so precious :love

    I'm so sorry to hear your loss.:hit I hope that you will start to feel better soon:hugs :love
  5. Then I Will

    Then I Will Songster

    Jan 13, 2012
    Annville, Pennsylvania
    My deepest Condolences for the loss of Sweet Valentine!!
    Please remember that she was sent into your life for the short time she had to do something for you. And I think she did do it.

    I hope another special bird comes across your path- not to replace Valentine, but to build upon what she had done for you.
  6. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic

    May 22, 2013
    The Volunteer State
    My Coop
    I am very, very sorry about your loss of Valentine :hugs I have lost many chickens, one to a predator, so I know how you feel :hugs

    As @Then I Will said, she was put in your life for a reason, and she was only allowed to be here for a short time for a reason.

    Prayers are with you :hugs
  7. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic

    May 22, 2013
    The Volunteer State
    My Coop
    Btw, she was absolutely gorgeous :love
  8. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Did you candle today?

    Sorry for your loss.
  9. staceyj

    staceyj Enabler

    Jan 1, 2017
    Coastal NC
    My Coop
    What a darling soul, your sweet Valentine. I am so very sorry for your loss. :hugs

    Losses of those we love are especially painful.
    I suffered a loss that I have struggled to accept or come to terms with for a very long time.
    I'm hoping that the joy that sweet Valentine brought you in realizing your dream of having chickens, lives on in your heart and despite the loss of her you continue to provide a loving home and happy existence to many chickens in the future.
    I think Valentine would want nothing less from you.
  10. Mimi’s 13

    Mimi’s 13 fuhgettaboutit

    Jan 6, 2018
    Centre, AL
    I am very sorry this has happened to you and Valentine. However, please be reassured that there will be another chickie that will hold a special place in your heart just as Valentine did. Not to replace her, as @Then I Will said, but to add to the wonderful memories she began.
    Just remember to keep on chickening, because I have come to find out and truly believe that these little feather babies can add such joy to a person’s life.
    Then I Will and (chicken pun) like this.

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