Thursday, September 8, 2011

"WILLA"

Yesterday was a sad day here at Dog Trot Farm....Willa... a two year old Barred Rock... one of my original ten hens... passed away.... When a hen dies....one of the most difficult questions is why?....How can a healthy hen go to death's door in such a brief period of time. A case of here one minute and gone the next. Willa exhibited no external symptoms until her last few moments...She was a well loved hen...side kick to Gladys... bearer of beautiful eggs....and quite a looker....Willa was buried in the flower garden along side her sister's... Pip and Georgia...she will be missed.

28 comments:

missthesea said...

Oh no!! Willa was my girl! Sorry Auntie :(

Janice said...

Willa was beautiful. So sorry to hear your sad news...

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

So sorry to read about your Willa's passing. To have it be so unexpected makes it more difficult I'm sure. A sad day for you a Dog Trot Farm.

Sandy said...

I agree, that is the hardest thing to grasp with chickens. Seemingly healthy one day and dead the next????? I KNOW that Willa had an awesome 2 years though! Take care.

Courtney said...

Oh...I'm sad right along with you! She was so pretty...I love that picture of her.
Take care!

Julia said...

Julie, I'm sorry to hear about Willa passing for no apparent reason. She was such a pretty girl and I know that you love her very much. Hugs. JB

Ginny said...

Willa was a beauty! So sorry to hear of her passing.

Farm Girl said...

I wish I knew why that happens. I lost two that way this summer, about the same age as yours. They just died. I never could see anything wrong other than they seemed to get rather listless.
I am so sorry for your loss.

Janet-Olde Crow Primitives said...

I am so sorry for your loss.
Animals bring so much joy and love to our lives, but it so sad when they pass.
Janet

Jacque. said...

ohhhhh, that's so sad!

henbogle.com said...

Sorry to hear that, she was a beauty, your loving care showed.

Verde Farm said...

Oh Julie, I am so sorry. It is so sad and puzzling. It hasppens here for no reason too. She was a beauty and I know she loves her final resting spot :(
I've missed you!
Hugs, Amy

Orange Sink said...

She was a beautiful girl! Such sadness when they have to leave. My sympathies to you and those who will miss her dearly at Dog Trot Farm. May she Rest in Peace in that beautiful spot.
Hugs!
Cathy G

Flat Creek Farm said...

I am so sorry :( It's almost harder when there appears to be no reason. She was sure a beautiful girl. Hugs, Tammy

Kim said...

That is so sad, especially when it's un-explained.

Pondside said...

I hate to lose a hen, and as you know, we've lost four recently. Today someone called to say that there was a very friendly hen hanging out on his deck (and he didn't keep hens) Would we 'mind taking it to our place?' MIND? We were thrilled to give the girl a new home with our remaining three.

Holly Hills Primitives said...

So sorry to hear about Willa. It's always so difficult to lose a "friend". Hope you are enjoying some fall decorating! Have a great weekend, Dawn

jennifer768 said...

I am so sorry !I hate it when that happens. Big hugs,Jen

Denise said...

So sorry to hear that you lost one of your girls.

Danni said...

I am so, so sorry, Julie. It's so awful having them fine one moment and failing fast the second - and feeling so powerless to do anything about it. I know how mich you'll miss your girl. I still miss Boppity, my barred rock, every single day.

The Barn Door said...

Oh I am so sorry!! I don't know why chickens are so easy to lose like that.

Larkrise garden girl said...

I am so sorry about Willa what a beauty she was. Chickens have personalities and she was a good little pet. Cheri

Terry and Linda said...

Dang it! I hate losing a hen. It's doubly hard when you don't know why!

Sorry about losing her, I so understand.

Linda
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Linda said...

Sorry for your loss of a great hen.

Simple Pleasures said...

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Thanks,
Michelle

Eve said...

Sweet Willa.

Peacemom said...

Sweet Willa. I'm sure she's so thankful for the wonderful life she had at your farm. I have been chatised for "pampering" my hens from a fellow farmer, but I know you understand why that must be done. Peace to you, Julie. ~Vonnie

Debi@7Gates said...

So sorry about Willa. I love your chicken stories, but this one is sad. I guess chickens just don't have a long life span.