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super chicken no more
February 28, 2012, 10:59 am
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Very sad news on the farm today. Edwina, super chicken, is no more.

Edwina, March 9, 2009-February 28, 2012

She’d been losing weight for a while and was unable to keep her food down. She’d have good days and not so good ones. At last I brought her inside for some TLC. She spent her last day in the box in the house snoozing and being hand fed. The other chickens are mean to a lowly bird–and I couldn’t stand seeing her being attacked and pushed around. She was so weak she couldn’t jump out of the run, and spent her last night in the coop sleeping in the nest box. Poor thing.
We took her to the vet this morning. The vet surmised that she had some kind of a tumor, or bound egg perhaps, that led to her crop infection and poor health. We opted out of having X-rays and more bloodwork done as it was more stress for the bird. We had her put to sleep and buried her in the yard. Rest in peace little buddy.

She was my special bird. My garden buddy. So keen for worms she’d get on top of the shovel. She was independent and always off in search of good eats. She was a lean machine, not a lap chicken, but friendly nevertheless. She was somewhere in the middle of the flock. Her voice was unique–like a trumpet! Edwina you will be missed!

baby edwina second from the right.

Edwina at 3 months

hot edwina, august 2009

Edwina checking the treat bowl

edwina getting her clean on

edwina many happy afternoons foraging

edwina in the coop

edwina super chicken

edwina in the hospice box

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3 Comments so far
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Happy worming in chicken heaven, little chum.

Comment by Lee Petrie

RIP, Edwina. You lived an awesome chicken-life.

Comment by lscheuer

Karen.. what a fitting tribute to your good chum. I recall the video that you posted before your wedding – “Here chicks..” – Edwina came around the corner at a great clip in order to enjoy her yogurt treat.

Comment by Joanne Petrie




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