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A Sad Day

It is with great sorrow that I must report the disappearance (and suspected demise) of one of the girls. Last night at 6pm, while it was still light, there were only 11 girls to be found. Weatherdude and I combed the entire property and along our neighbors' properties, but she was nowhere to be found. At 7:30pm we called off the search as the light faded. She would have roosted by then. We left lights on in the barn, just in case, all night. Alas. Morning light did not bring a chicken home to roost. No matter how many times I count, there are only 11 girls now. This is our first loss in just over a year and I'm a bit crushed by it.

It is not Walkabout. (Collective sigh of relief heard.) Empirical test was to shut them in the run this morning and shortly after, a dark brown hen with a white spot behind her comb was happily wandering outside the fence. Phew. It is also not Anya and not the one attempting to morph into a featherless biped.

What is poignant for me is that after a week or two of lowered production, they laid 12 eggs yesterday morning. For the last time. And I don't even know which egg was hers.

Frog Out

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(Anonymous)
Apr. 12th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
Oh crap. First Vonnegut, now one of your chickens. What's the world coming to?

Seriously -- sorry to hear about your chicken.

Hope you're doing well, in spite of all that.
michaeljasper
Apr. 13th, 2007 10:42 am (UTC)
Oops, that was me, in anonymous mode.
sallytuppence
Apr. 12th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
Alas! I'm sorry, though glad it wasn't Walkabout.

Fox? Coyote?
birdhousefrog
Apr. 12th, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
there was no sign of 'fowl' play. in our two near-misses last summer, there were feathers everywhere. we found no feathers last night, no sign of her. unfortunately, she may have wandered off the property and her feathers are strewn on a neighbor's lawn.
mount_oregano
Apr. 12th, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
Poor chicken. But at least it wasn't Walkabout. (sigh)
ogre_san
Apr. 12th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
Sorry about the lost girl.
maralton
Apr. 12th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
the Lost girl
Having just spent the time with them last Sunday, gathering their colored eggs, I am truly sad. I clucked, they followed. It was great fun watching them from my coop; it was a little chilly to be out there with them. (Somehow I don't think they believe we are gods anymore...there wasn't any food in the house.) I have seen them get through the property fences, but who knows? Maybe that turkey vulture who used to watch over GDad as he worked? That wouldn't leave much evidence.
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