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Monday, September 21, 2009

Rest in peace, lovely chicken

A reminder that death is just like life- it comes unexpectedly sometimes.



I was shocked to open the coop on Saturday to find Madeleine Albright dead. She had obviously died in the night, as her body was stiff, and she was laying directly under rafter perch she liked.

It gives me comfort that she died with her flock, safe, maybe even sound asleep.

I'm not upset about her death though, even though I was fond of her. I'm not upset because I know that chicken had 6 months of life she might not have had on many farms. Her scissor beak that kept her from eating well most likely put stress on her system. A few days before, I did notice the other hens had definitely surpassed her in size, but she was eating, and drinking. But the beak issue must have been a detriment to her nutrition, and amount of calories she could consume. Even though I gave her as much feed as she wanted, nature took over.

I buried her in the hen yard, next to Zucchi and Henny Henny. I adorned her with a beautiful green ribbon, sprinkled lavender around her, and rested her on a bed of dried flowers. She lived free to roam and cluck and flap.

11 comments:

Cathy said...

RIP, brave Madeleine.

Zan Asha said...

Aww, that is so sad. I am sorry Katherine, but know that you had given her some sort of a chance at life that she perhaps would not have had.

Sharon said...

a kind heart...twice

Juli said...

Rest sweetly Madeleine! You are as lovely in death as you were in life.

Mare said...

I'm sorry she passed so soon. But she was a happy little bird...

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Oh, I'm so sorry. It's startling to find one of your hen-girls dead. I'm sure, though, that she had a very happy and well cared-for life on your farm.

Suzen said...

What a beautiful creature! She knew, I'm sure, that she was treasured and respected, which is an unusual situation in the world of chickens.

Paula said...

K ~

Your kind and generous soul touches me.

Madeline looks so lovely in her green ribbon.

dang...............

Tai said...

I see Madeleine in chicken heaven, taking dust baths with her sister hens for all eternity.

"There is nothing sad in this death, it goes its way in broad daylight with a sun flooding everything with a light of pure gold." - Vincent van Gogh

farmlady said...

It is the way of all things.

Good night, sweet Madeleine.

Yarni Gras! said...

ohh, that is so sad...but she is resting now

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