Saying Goodbye To Autumn

October 13, 2014
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This past week we said goodbye to Autumn one of our Silkie Bantams. She died unexpectedly.

Early last Thursday morning, I opened up the coop and found all of the girls happy, giddy, and excited to greet the cool fresh morning air. Then later around 10 am. I saw Autumn laying in the corner of the run. She was not moving. Dolly was near, seemingly curious about her sister and friend.

I opened up the run door and scooped up Autumn. She was lifeless. I dusted her off. The flock was curious too. She was of good weight and her feathers were gorgeous. Fluffy, shiny, everyone was perfectly in place. Her eyes were clear. It was as if she had just went to sleep. There were no signs of her cause of death. She was 4 years old. She lived an almost average life for a hen. She had stopped laying eggs about a year ago.

I decided to bury her in the shade garden near the hostas and the blue hydrangeas. I dug a hole- a very deep hole about two and a half feet deep. I didn’t want any predators to dig her up. I placed her into the hole and said a prayer for her and thanked her for her beautiful eggs, her spunky attitude, and for being such a sweet girl. Next year, I will place a hosta where we buried her.

Autumn Leafhead (can you tell the kids named her) was one of those girls who didn’t prefer human contact. She much preferred to be with those like her. Little did she know, or us for that fact, that she touched all of our hearts. She will be greatly missed.

Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest

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16 thoughts on “Saying Goodbye To Autumn”

  1. So very sorry, Miss Autumn is a beauty. Reading your tribute brought back the loss of my first two girls, last August. I'm about to cry because I wasn't here with them I don't know what happened, if I could have prevented their deaths, if they were happy, digging for worms or dust bathing. I had never left them for one day in someone else's care since I received my day old chicks almost 11 months before. It may be a small consolation, but I'm glad you knew she was well that day, you took care of her and you didn't let her down.

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  2. So sorry for your loss, and I loved the post of her special qualities. All our chickens have something special to share don't they? sorry posted 'anonymous', I couldn't figure out how to post the other ways, and it is late. Tabatha of the PPChickens.

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  3. what a beauty! i am happy to hear that you have had some closure. I also think it's so beautiful and fitting that Autumn Leaf made her transition at the height of the turning and falling of the leaves on the Cape. sending you love ~ Debbie McD

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