|My last moment with Percy|
Percy and his sibling, Peanut Butter Cup, made the hour and a half journey from our home on the Cape to the new farm this morning. Last night and this morning, I spent much time observing the chicks intereact. I ended up selecting one of the chicks that was always curious about Percy. In fact, last night Percy spent the night next to this little chick. As I took the time to locate Percy's companion, the little chick came to me. It peered into my eyes, almost as if it knew. I grabbed him first. Then I grabbed Percy. I placed them in a cardboard brooder and into the car they went. I covered the box of the brooder lightly with a towel. I hoped that they would nap on the trip. I grabbed a check from the checkbook and we were off.
Next, we stopped at our local feed store and picked up a new chick feeder, new waterer, chick grit, 10 pounds of chick starter, and 50 pounds of grower feed. We were not sure if they had little items for chicks and we wanted to ensure that the chicks would be as comfortable as possible. I was nervous driving the entire time. Every possible worry passed through my stream of consciousness. No, this was going to all work out fine.
After what seemed like an eternity, we arrived at Maple Farm Sanctuary. Immediately upon stepping out of the car, I could sense peacefulness. I quickly was introduced to Cheri and her husband, the owners of the sanctuary. I was instantly struck by the kindness and caring heart of Cheri. She already had love in her heart for these two little chickens, especially Percy Peepers. She was very thankful of the donation and goods that we gave to the sanctuary. I took some pictures of Percy's new home and spent a few moments giving him love and more kisses. I knew, however, that despite the ache in my heart, this was the right decision. Percy and Peanut Butter Cup were going to have a wonderful life here amongst cows, horses, fellow chickens, llamas, goats, geese and a large pig named Johnathan!
Today was not easy for me. I tried to create as many memories as I could about Percy. I wonder if he will remember me? I hope that he knows that he is loved and that I did this out of my love for him. I hope Peanut Butter Cup knows too that I will be forever grateful for his companionship to Percy. I'm glad that they will be together. I know that that little bird will continue to touch many more peoples' lives. He is a special little chicken.
Interestingly, Cheri believes that Percy Peepers is female and Peanut Butter Cup is male. We agreed to be in email contact with one another over the coming months. I can't wait to hear how everything is going! Good luck little chickens and may your guardian angels watch over you. You will both be missed but never forgotten.
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Photo Credits: Tilly's Nest