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Well, dammit, I found a hen dead in the run this evening when I went to lock up. Chickens do that; they just fall over. But this was a shocker because it was Coco — the biggest and youngest bird in the flock.

She was the all black hen, and a lovely iridescent thing she was, like a fat raven with a big red comb. We were admiring her earlier today, pecking around in the sunshine. Not even a year old.

Her sister — these are the only two of our birds that probably were biologically sisters — is the paralyzed one. Frightened by a fox in late Summer (we guess), she hurt her spine somehow and can’t stand. I decided I’d stick with her as long as she was alert and had an appetite, but I didn’t truly expect to see her live out the Winter.

She’s fine. She’s hanging in there, hard. I mean, she’ll never mature, but I feel rather fiercely that if she wants it, I will give it to her. Goodness knows she’s no extra trouble.

Stupid mortality wins too many as it is.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 22, 2014, 9:31 pm

Here she is in color, in a pic Uncle B took last week.

I was sure she was going to make Head Chicken soon.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: April 22, 2014, 10:53 pm

Sorry to hear about Coco…R.I.P.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 22, 2014, 11:14 pm

Y’all are more than welcome to continue the dessert recipes in the thread below. I didn’t mean to grind the conversation to a halt, but I had to share. I’m bummed, but there’s not much to say about it.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: April 23, 2014, 12:16 am

I’m so sorry! Loosing a beloved is never easy.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: April 23, 2014, 12:19 am

Sorry to hear about Coco, Stoatie.

It is upon the demise of animals we get attached to that I note that there’s more to Pet Rocks than a silly fad.

Comment from Frit
Time: April 23, 2014, 12:40 am

Awww, I’m so sorry for your loss, Stoaty & UB! It’s sad enough to find a loved one dead when you know they’re on their way, but so much worse to find one who seemed young and healthy, suddenly dead.


I’m sure she’ll be waiting over the Rainbow Bridge for you!

Comment from Can’tHarkMyCry
Time: April 23, 2014, 1:00 am

Oh, so sorry to hear that, Sweas. (And Uncle Al has a point–although even rocks can be broken; the world is impermanent.)

Comment from Paula Douglas
Time: April 23, 2014, 2:15 am

So sorry about Coco. She was a beautiful girl.

Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: April 23, 2014, 2:47 am

What a beautiful girl she was, I’m so sorry for your loss. Hugs from us.

Comment from Deborah
Time: April 23, 2014, 3:00 am

Oh no. What a shame, Stoaty. I’m glad you have such a recent photo of her—she was a beauty.

Comment from Davem123
Time: April 23, 2014, 3:48 am

Condolences, Stoaty. It’s hard to lose a friend, even if they’re “just” an animal. I hate to think what I’ll look like when my Weim passes.

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: April 23, 2014, 9:28 am

Sad, that – even chooks can grab your heart-strings, at least a bit…

Condolences, and Be Well, and perhaps contemplate a replacement sometime down the road a bit, yes?

Comment from biztecka
Time: April 23, 2014, 10:44 am

Sorry for your loss. Mortality sucks.

Comment from dissent555
Time: April 23, 2014, 11:59 am

Sorry to hear about Coco; she was a beautiful bird.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: April 23, 2014, 3:32 pm

Sorry to hear about Coco….

Sic transit pullus mundi is easy to say, but it still hurts to lose a friend

Comment from BJM
Time: April 23, 2014, 5:47 pm

Sorry to hear the news Sweasy, Coco was a real beauty.

Comment from Tibby
Time: April 23, 2014, 8:02 pm

Aw, life sucks sometimes – sorry about Coco.

Comment from Harry
Time: April 23, 2014, 9:05 pm

Ummm…in addition to “The Dead Pool”, you could start “The Dead Chicken Pool”? Just sayin’

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: April 23, 2014, 11:18 pm

I am sorry to hear of this, animals can be very important to one.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: April 24, 2014, 4:07 am

You know, my sister once gave a duckling CPR (unsuccessfully). I should probably not comment on animal deaths.

Comment from JuliaM
Time: April 24, 2014, 4:38 am

Aww, she really was a very pretty chicken…

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