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Chickens Stories from Our Nest

Forever Would Be Nice


A peony growing in our Garden last summer

“Mom, are we going to be able to keep Chocolate forever?”   I heard this coming from the backseat of the car yesterday from my eight and three year old.  And so, the discussion about forever began.

“We will keep him for as long as we can.  We are lucky to have him.  As he gets older, I am not sure if he will get noisier or mean.  Right now, I am so happy that we have him.  I think that we should just enjoy him for as long as we can.  I’m not sure how long it will be.”

My three year old then asks,”Can we keep all the other chickens?”

I replied, “Yes.”

Then I heard, “How long are the chickens going to live?”

“I know that some chickens can live to be twenty but most live for about 4 or 5 years.  Everything dies at some point.  Nothing can live forever.  When they die, they’ll go to the Rainbow Bridge where we can see them again.   I’m sure they will try to live as long as they can.”


Foxglove, Rhododendron and Catmint in our
Garden last summer

“How long are you going to live?”

“I am going to try and live a very long time.  I hope to be 100 some day.   My Greatgrandma lived to 101!”

“Does everything die?”

“Yes, some things live a long time and some things live a short time like the plants in the garden.”

“I wish the chickens and us could live forever.”

“I agree, forever would be nice….”

Chickens Stories from Our Nest

Farewell to Fuzzy

I got news today that one of my dear friend’s chickens passed away.  I am praying and hoping time will heal all sadness and grief.

Fuzzy  April 2010-October 2010

She will be missed dearly.  She was loved by her human family as well as her chicken family.  She was always up for new adventures.  She loved our friend Peanut and had great times helping him escape and “paint the coop red”!  She was a friendly little girl that enjoyed a good stroking of her feathers and was always curious and up for new adventures.  She was gentle with all children.  A soft and quiet soul who is now waiting at the “rainbow bridge” for her loved ones. 

The Rainbow Bridge–Author Unknown

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….