Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Au revoir dear Chickies

My Lovelies - 

Our days as chicken owners have come to an end. 
Our girls were pushing 2.5 years old and Phoebe (below) stopped laying a few months ago. With the advent of winter, Winnie’s production had also dropped. 
Winnie is off on a new adventure; she is currently making the acquaintance of a hen that lost her flock mates to a raccoon attack.  

Little Phoebe, however, is no more.

She was a good chicken and our family is thankful for the many, many tasty eggs she produced in her time. 
The girls had one glorious last day at La Casa J: they galavanted around the yard, took dust baths in their spot under the stairs, and chased bugs near the compost pile. Then they camped out for a snooze, cozied up together in their nesting box. 
Thank you, girls. 


  1. Anonymous9:39 AM

    Weren't there 3 at the beginning?

  2. Yup. Greta went to live on a farm in shoreline about a year ago as she was a little too loud for the neighborhood.

  3. I have to ask...did you or Chris dispatch little Phoebe? Not asking out of sadistic curiosity but b/c our hens will be nearing the end of the prime in the next year or two & I cringe at the idea of sending them on to the other world...

  4. Christina -

    It’s not fun to think about is it?! Good for you for pondering your options early. We spent a long time working up to making the end-of-life decisions. I actually decided early on that I wasn’t ready to be the butcher. Chris was fine being in that role and I even did a bit of research as to the proper way to go about it. In the end though, neither one of us did it. I’m part of a local Seattle farm group and one of the members was holding a workshop on chicken butchering and our Phoebe was used in the class. The woman that came by to take her was very sweet, considerate, and in line with my general feelings on chicken culling (as quickly and as painlessly as possible).

  5. You mean you took her to the vet and they put her to sleep right? That's what you meant to say, wasn't it? WASN'T IT?! ;)

  6. Sonja, that sounds like a win-win for everyone! (Except for Phoebe...but so it goes...) Not only were you spared the process, but your hen provided education for others - I like it! Not sure if I'll be able to find such an ideal situation here, but I plan to do exhaustive research before "that day." Think you'll get more hens or are you ready for a break from them?