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Requiem for my Lucy

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I lost Lucy yesterday. She died of an inflammation/bacterial infection of her oviduct called Salpingitis. It was caused by the same bacterial infection (“cold”) that I managed to nurse her through this spring. (See my Sick Chick, May 22, 2010 blog.) This time antibiotics didn’t work—I guess they just don’t most of the time with this sickness.  It is the most common cause of death in layers. 

I’m grateful that I live in an area of Wisconsin with a high concentration of people keeping small flocks of pet chickens. The large animal vet I was referred to was sympathetic and helpful but also realistic and truthful with me. We nursed her to the end just as you would your dog or cat. We buried her this morning shortly after sunrise. She was a good hen. I will miss her greeting me each morning and being my gardening buddy.  Begonia

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So sorry for your loss
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 | By heatherie

I gasped when I read the first sentence of this blog - I know how you do love your little gals. And being a pet lover myself (dogs for me, but just because mine are more common doesn't make them 'better' or anything like that) I know what a place they can have in your heart.

And Lucy too. I've so enjoyed your stories about her. I'm going to miss her too, if that makes sense. I'm glad you were able to give her such a great little chicken-life - I'm sure she's up in heaven braggin' up how great she had it right now!

Thank you for honoring her life. It does my heart good to see pets so well loved by their people. You're a wonderful woman, Begonia.


Thanks Heatherie
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 | By begonia

I appreciate your sympathy. I've been feeling pretty sad. Begonia


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