Tuesday, March 18, 2014

RIP Eddie

It is with a heavy heart that I report the passing of one of our hens.  Last week one day I went out to collect eggs and there she was.  Sad.  She had seemed so lively and full of life earlier in the day when I had gone out to toss some scratch grains for them.  Poor thing was just shy of her third hatchingday.

Ah, Eddie,  you lovely, rich brown eggs will be missed.


  1. Bummer! I've had that happen too, it's a mystery! I read somewhere that chickens often have catastrophic health failure right around three--if they make it past then they may live a really long time--but that seems to be the key age for things to go wrong. It seems to be pretty much the case for our flock. I have two turning five next month :)

  2. It is a mystery when a seemingly healthy bird dies for no apparent reason. But I'd rather have it that way though than see one suffering from one malady or another. I know we all tend to try to "make them better" when that happens but I often wonder if it would be kinder to quickly put them out of their misery.

  3. It's sad to lose a hen. I call it SCUDS - sudden chicken unexplained death syndrome. I just lost my Betty, but I am thinking she had a heart attack. Sad in any event.

  4. I've lost some to worms too, where they get ill very gradually, then bam, dead, sorry....


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