Chickens Stories from Our Nest

Sad News

Something in my heart of hearts told me to reach out to Maple Farm Sanctuary and get an update on Percy.  I was deeply saddened with the news.  Here is part of Cheri’s update:

…There is sad news however. Percy was not doing well. Her little legs seemed to be getting more distorted. The good leg didn’t seem to be able to handle the work of two legs. I had started to hold Percy up to the food and water dishes for about six times a day. If I didn’t hold her, every time she went to eat or drink her little body would fall backwards.  Her sibling was hopping out of the box to explore her new surroundings but she would always hop back in to cuddle with Percy.   Percy passed away peacefully on Thurs. with her sibling cuddled up next to her… It was amazing to see poor little Percy not grow hardly at all. Her sibling has grown at an amazing rate!  I’m sorry we couldn’t have saved Percy.

I responded to her email with the following:

Thank you Cheri.  Thank you for the update and the care that you and your farm family gave to Percy.  I appreciate your kindness and heaven has a new friend at the Rainbow Bridge.  I only hope that her sibling will become fast friends with some of your other chickens.  Percy’s sibling shows us that animals can feel compassion and love.  Thank you for reminding us all of this wonderful lesson.  


Percy Peepers was born February 2011 and passed away May 19, 2011.  She is survived by her six siblings.

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  • Poor Percy.

  • Oh Qing, my heart is breaking. I can't get little Percy out of my mind 🙁

  • Aw, Percy. A sweet brief life.

  • Poor Percy. A short life… but longer and happier than it would have been in many other situations. He was loved and protected until nature took it's course.

  • Thank you Anne and Lauren. I just keep telling myself that he is in a better place.

  • I know this is an old thread but I just read it and shed a tear for poor sweet Percy. I had a lovely little girl (Araucana) last year that I named Audrey Hepburn because she was tiny and beautiful and delicate and so sweet. She had a rough time of it from the beginning I guess because she was so small. The others picked on her so bad that her tail at the base was in terrible shape. I put some Blu-Kote on it and put her back in the coop, stayed a while and everything seemed fine. I went out about 20 minutes later and they had picked at her tail so bad it was hanging off and you could see bone. I brought her in the house, cleaned the wound as good as I could and slathered Neosporin on it and did that about twice a day for three weeks. I kept her in our bedroom in a large bird cage for that time and her tail healed up beautifully! I brought her back to the coop and isolated her in a wire dog crate so the others could see her and get used to her being back. Then I reintroduced her slowly and always supervised. things were going great and after about a month I let her out one night to sleep with her peeps. Everyone was fine with her. I came out in the morning and she was crumpled in a heap on the floor. I thought she was dead but she wasn't so I took her to the avian vet (which I hate to do because all they see is money signs when you walk in. so different from when the former vet had the practice). they told me it would be low estimate $300 and high estimate of $800 with no guarantee that she would recover. It killed me but I had her euthanized and I have her buried out in my back yard under the trees with a stone that says "Audrey." Sorry that was so long but the story of Percy just brought it back to me. BTW, I grew up in Dennisport.

  • Jeannieo thank you for sharing your story with me. I completely understand what you went through. It is so difficult because I think we even surprise ourselves when we find our hearts hurting and tears falling over a chicken. Maybe Percy and Audrey are together as friends at the Rainbow Bridge. BTW, LOVE that you grew up so close to here!

  • Amy

    Oh my gosh. Percy was so cute as well!