Vanilla has gone

This morning when I went out to the chooks Vanilla was missing as well as the two broody girls. I assumed that she would be laying an early egg. I checked the nest boxes for the broodies and then checked the chicken shed.

Vanilla was dead in front of her roost spot. We have only had Vanilla for a year just like Apricot last year. She is our fourth girl to go at home and we buried her in the chickens’ strip next to the other girls.

I realised that the chickens’ strip had got rather overgrown

I have cleared the strip and we buried Vanilla here

I have planted some fox glove seedlings over her

My husband made a fourth cross for Vanilla.

Tomorrow I will do a tribute to Vanilla when I have collected together some photographs of her. It is so sad to lose these little girls after such a short time but I console myself with knowing that she had a good year with us.

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8 Responses to Vanilla has gone

  1. marion says:

    So sorry to hear this sad news. Had there been signs of her not being well?

  2. Carol says:

    No, no sign at all, just like Apricot last year.

  3. Marie says:

    I have had that happen with several new chickens this Spring. A couple showed signs of lethargy so I gave them chicken antibiotic to no avail.
    So sorry for your loss! I know how you feel. Hugs.

    • Carol says:

      It is good to know that I am not alone. The same thing happened last year with another serama, Apricot, who was also only a year old. I am beginning to think that getting them through the first year is the trickiest bit.

  4. Sophie says:

    I’m so so sorry Carol!! 🙁 xx

  5. david says:

    So sorry to hear this, although as others have said, it does happen sometimes. I lost 2 Australorps that way, just about 18 months old, found on opening up in a morning – and I knew for absolutely sure that one of them had laid only the day before. Frustrating and sad, but good that we think there’s been no suffering. Feel for you.

    • Carol says:

      I remember you saying about losing your girls in the same way. With Amber that’s three for me now. It is so sad but I like to think there was no suffering.

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