Off to Greener Pastures πŸ’–


There’s a decapitated chicken in my freezer, tears in my eyes, and blood on my husband’s jeans.

One of my little chickens has been sick lately, and as much as I had hoped she would perk up again, it has not happened. When I saw her this morning, staggering in circles, I knew she had crossed the line into β€œsuffering”. The decision was mine, and only mine, to make.

It’s a hard decision, to effectively order an execution, but it was made out of love and mercy. Watching a small creature suffering simply breaks my heart, especially when I have taken on the responsibility of looking after them.

While I could do the deed myself if I had to, I married a lovely, strong, kind-hearted man who probably felt it was easier to do it himself than deal with me crying for the next 3 days. By doing it himself, I only cry for an evening (and every time I open the freezer between now and rubbish day).

I’m going to be a complete girl about this and use this blog to say goodbye to my lovely little ginger friend. Thank you for all the wonderful eggs. Thank you for doing all the weeding. Thank you for the fertiliser. Thank you for eating all the bad bugs in my garden. Thank you for posing for so many photos to go with my Pullet-zer Prize winning chicken articles.

May you rest in peace and enjoy free-ranging in God’s garden.

Smart looking chicken - WMegget 31-01-2018



Cemetery photo by Anna-Louise from Pexels


58 thoughts on “Off to Greener Pastures πŸ’–

    • Thank you x2. It’s always a hard decision with pets. It would help if they could talk, or you could explain to them. Pet ownership is a big responsibility. Thanks for your lovely comment xx πŸ˜ƒπŸ’–

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  1. Good salute to a departed fr-hen-d. Always good to remember the good done by those who have met an untimely end. Oops, I was not planning on a poem. Growing up on a farm, I realized that farm life was not always cows grazing peacefully in a pasture, sometimes it was hamburger. Cheers. Allan

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  2. Wendy, I have tears in my eyes. God only knows how I understand how hard that mercy decision is. God bless you and your kindhearted husband for showing mercy to someone you most definitely Loved. (((HUGS)))!!! And yes, I do believe Love is the right word to use.

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  3. Poor, poor little hen. It sounds like her illness had begun to affect her nervous system since she was walking round in circles. You absolutely made the right decision to end her suffering and distress. I know how hard it is though – we kept hens some years ago and I loved them so much. x

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  4. I’m sorry to hear this story Wendy 😦 the death of a loved one, whether they have skin, feathers, or fur, is always a difficult death to live through. May she cluck freely in her next life, and I hope your other chicken recovers from the grief and comes to enjoy her new pal ^-^

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    • Aw, shucks πŸ’™πŸ˜† Thanks, honey 😁 You know, they say we can only recognise things in others that we ourselves possess… πŸ’œ

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  5. I’m so sorry to hear that you had to say good bye to your beloved feathered friend πŸ˜’It is SOOO hard to make a decision like this, but you know it’s best that she is no longer suffering. Sending hugs to you 😘

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    • Thank you. I think the decision was the hardest part, but I do feel like I made the right call. Thanks for the hugs πŸ€— Everyone has been so supportive πŸ˜ƒ It’s so sweet!


    • Thank you. Not only have I lost a chicken, but the other one is depressed, and my husband has gone paranoid, thinking she’s avoiding him because he killed her friend. πŸ˜‚πŸ’œπŸŒ» All of this over a sick chicken!! LOL πŸ˜€ And now I find myself in a very fowl mood πŸ˜‚ hee hee

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      • Awwwww the poor chicken..that must be sad for her. Hopefully you can get a friend. Tell your husband I’m
        sure the chicken won’t go all Jaws on him and hunt him down 🦈 πŸ“ I hope your fowl mood has lifted and your now feeling eggcited for the weekend πŸ€­πŸ˜„ x

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      • That’s so punny!! πŸ˜ƒ LOL! I’m going to tell my husband about that – he’s terrified of sharks from watching that movie, so I maybe I can get him scared of a chomping chicken too!! πŸ˜ƒ

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