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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Not a good start to 2014 - RIP my sweet girls

 Well, despite our best efforts, 2014 has not started out well.  The freezing temps have heaved up the ground around the chicken pen, and caused a gap between the door and the top of the pen.....which, during the middle of the day today...a very unwanted visitor crawled (mink most likely) and promptly killed seven of my sweet girls.

Rest In Peace 
my
Dear Girls
My dearest Buttercup...she was sooo sweet and always loved to be held


and Clarice....the soft gray girl to the left of Buttercup

Goodbye to my lovely
Gracie
Gracie was one of my newest girls...just got her this Spring
 and Polly
....as was Polly...she and Gracie always hung out together
......I'll miss you
 Baby......
and poor scaredy girl, Henny Penny.....she must have been terrified....
Henny Penny is in the back with the dark head
and goodbye to our sweet little Bantam....
Minnie...she was our faithful egg sitter...always preferring to sit on everyone's eggs...
Clarice and Minnie

Oh...how I miss them already.
My flock is cut in half....and the coop is so empty...as is my heart.

25 comments:

  1. That is just awful, Wendy. I'm so sorry to read about the loss of your girls. They were quite lovely.

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  2. Oh no! I'm so sorry! :( Sending hugs for your heart. Poor little babies!

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  3. How terrible. So sorry for your loss. :(

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  4. Oh Wendy, I'm so sorry to hear this. The girls were so cute! I understand your heartbreak...really I do. I lost one of my Pups a few weeks ago. Take care.

    Hugs,
    Jan

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  5. Oh, so sad Wendy. So sorry this happened to your girls. Praying for you.

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  6. So sorry to hear of your loss of your girls. I know they were like family to you and your heart is broken. Hang in there, you are going to make it through this time. Have you read Max Lucado's new book, "You are going to make it?". It is really good and it gives so much hope to those of us going through struggles. Take Care and God Bless you and your family. Donna, countercrafts

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  7. Wendy, I am so sorry about your chickens, our pets are a part of our family and we love them. hugs, Lecia

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  8. Awww, I'm sorry to hear this! It so hard to loose the little creatures we love. My brother in law has chicks and they had a panther keep getting their chickens. He spent a few nights in the coop with a gun to catch it if you can believe that!

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  9. I am so very sorry. I hope the year gets better for you.

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  10. Ahhhh, sweet Wendy, how heartbreaking losing a lovely little flock of chicks.......Why does it kill so many of them, whatever it was, why not take one? Big Hugs Francine.

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  11. Oh Wendy, we are so sad to hear about the "sweet girls". Please know that we share your heartache.

    Hugs ♥

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  12. Wendy,
    I am so sorry about your girls. That is VERY upsetting. Our animals are family. You sure have had a rough end of 2013 and the start of 2014. I am still praying for your hubby and your whole family dear friend.
    Hugs
    Tricia

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  13. So sorry to hear this terrible news! Big hugs being sent you way.
    -DianeM

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  14. Oh No! so sorry to hear this, I love chickens but I'm always worried about this happening.

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  15. I am so very sorry my friend. I know you are heartbroken. I'm keeping you in my prayers. Sweet hugs...lots of them, Diane

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  16. I am so sorry for your loss of such beautiful "family." Life is so unfair sometimes.

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  17. Wendy I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you.

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  18. Oh how terrible!! I am so sorry. :(

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  19. it has to get better from here...feel so bad for you...hugs ((()))

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  20. I'm so sorry, Wendy. How we love our little 'pets'.
    }}Hugs{{
    Vicky

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  21. Oh, I know the ache I felt when a fox got my sweet Browning, she had such a personality that I have not been able to replicate with the other ducks. I am so sorry for your loss Wendy, I am sure some folks thing we're goofy but even our "farm" animals have wonderful personalities that are just irreplaceable and they each hold such a special place in our hearts.

    Kendra

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  22. Wendy, I am so very sorry to hear about your sweet girls. Hugs my friend, Deb

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  23. Oh my! So sorry to read about your girls.

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