Saturday, January 23, 2010

Rest well Annabelle

It was a sad morning. When I went out to the coop today I found Annabelle had passed away sometime in the night. She/he had been a little funny yesterday stuck in a corner, but was eating and drinking ok.

Annabelle has never been well. She arrived as a tiny chick who would only stand on one leg.

We tried making a boot for her but her foot was always horribly twisted.

She/he had good days in the summer and would come over to us, sit in our hands and allow us to move her to be with the other chickens.

Despite her bad leg and often strange behavior, the other chickens never picked on her. We never found out if she was a rooster, although we did hear her crow a few times.

This winter was hard on her and she spent more days inside in the shavings, not doing well with the cold and the snow. Her good leg started to curl too. I guess today was God doing what we couldn't. RIP Annabelle and enjoy running around heaven on your 2 good legs. I bet you look beautiful. It feels silly crying about a chicken that you know is in a better place, but we miss her anyway.


  1. Hi Shula....never feel silly about loving even a chicken! We DO get attached to our animals, don't we....they are all God's creatures, after all!

  2. It doesn't seem to matter the species. Once you connect with an individual it always hurts to lose them. I think Annabelle was beautiful and with your care and concern lived a good life. I had a legless rooster (he had stubs) who lived about five years after he lost his legs. I kept him separate from the flock but was able to introduce one girlfriend to him, and they lived happily in my yard for years. He could hop short distances, eat and take dust bathes etc. Take care of yourself.

  3. Shula,
    thank you for stopping by my blog as now I stop by yours for the same reason. They all touch us in different ways and each has their special place. I think sometimes the ones we work the hardest with, hurt the most. Oh heck, I even felt like the biggest heel when I had to put my goldfish who got to big for the tank in my neighbors pond. I still go over there to see if I can find them:) Hope your weekend gets better:)

  4. Chickens are people, too! And Annabelle was a beautiful individual with an obvious will to live. Amazing that the other chickens didn't pick on her; you have a kinder, gentler flock than we do. (((HUGS)))

  5. Thank you everyone for your kind words. I hope to get sheep pictures up this week sometime.