Emerald is the first of our girls that I have felt really reached old age. It took me ages to collate these photographs of her because they go back over five years. We think she was six years old or maybe even a bit more as she was an adult bird when we got her. She has always been a firm favourite. She was a beautiful girl with a gentle nature and is very much missed.
Toffee and Emerald came in together and were firm friends. We lost Toffee two years ago so Emerald has done really well. A lot of girls have come and gone during her time with us.
Emerald was a curious girl and she also knew that this is where the treats are kept.
Emerald had the most beautiful glossy emerald green and purple feathers, hence her name.
This is one of the funniest photos of Emerald. It really shows off her game bird shape and her long neck.
Emerald and Speckles had a habit of greeting me on the inner gate whenever I was about to go in. This was a habit every summer when they were both egg laying but something they dropped the rest of the year.
Emerald would really throw some shapes when she was dust bathing. This is her dead chicken pose.
I put a cat box in the chicken shed as an extra temporary nest box when the entire flock were laying. Emerald had to try it out and laid her egg there a few times.
In summer when Emerald was laying her face and tiny comb would go a lovely red colour. In winter her face and comb were a pale grey, the same colour as her legs.
Although I have been giving the girls frozen peas recently this photo is from last summer. Emerald was always the first girl to try the frozen peas. I guess she has seen it all many times before.
Emerald had a very distinct game bird shape.
As the years went by Emerald’s, underneath, wing feathers gradually came in white.
Once Emerald and Speckles became the only two bigger girls left they became firm friends and were inseparable.
This photo was taken the evening before she lost her battle with life. She has left a huge hole in the flock and will never be forgotten. Goodbye my sweet Emerald.