Rest In Peace Sweet Little Nellie

We don't know what happened, but when I came home from work on Wednesday I found Nellie dead on the floor of the coop.

There's no obvious signs - no strangulation, no wounds, etc.  And she wasn't wheezing, coughing, sneezing, or any of the other evident signs of illness.

She had been acting fine, although, as we all know birds hide their illnesses so they aren't seen as weak and, therefore, pecked at.

She was one of the new girls.  She was so sweet - loved being held, was very inquisitive and docile.

All I can hope is that she didn't suffer.

Poor Sam was so upset when I discovered her.

The rest seem to be doing fine.

All we can do is watch for any signs of illness.

Nellie with Hattie

Renee with baby Nellie
What a sweet little girl to have lost.


Flat Creek Farm said...

So sorry to hear about dear sweet Nellie ;( I am so attached to each and every one of my flock, as I know you are too. My heart goes out! Prayers also that everyone else in your flock is okay. Hugs, Tammy

Rural Revival said...

Such sad news. I'm so sorry. She was obviously very cherished.

Verde Farm said...

Oh I am so, so sorry. We’ve lost a few and it always hurts. She was a beauty. Farewell Nellie.

Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thank you for your kind thoughts. I am very grateful. It's always difficult isn't it?

Lilla said...

Staci, so sorry to hear about Nellie. We lost our Barred Rock, Poppy, just a few weeks ago and I miss her so much. These critters have a way of wrapping themselves around our heartstrings, don't they?

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Staci I'm so sorry you lost Nellie...I just lost my Henrietta before Christmas. I lost one of my original 6 chickens that way...she was just fine a couple of hours earlier but when I went back later I found her just outside to coop door. They say sometimes they just die for no obvious reason. It's good that you're keeping a watch on the rest of them but I'm sure you won't see anything out of the ordinary. It's funny how we get so attached to our chickens...they're just the nicest feathered friends to have. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and all the best for 2011.
Maura X

alifelesssimple said...

Sorry to read this, I hope everyone else stays ok

Laura @ Darroch Cottage said...

Just been having a catch up and I'm so sorry about wee Nellie, we get so attached to our chickens, especially the ones that like cuddles.

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Ohhhhh :-(. I'm so sorry... was Nellie a Barred Rock? I have (well, had) two Barred Rocks, but their combs are much bigger, so I'm thinking Nellie was maybe another variety? I lost my sweet and special (Barred Rock) Boppity (on December 1st) - she was one of my favorites and I still haven't been able to post about it. I'm so sorry. It's amazing the powerful love that we can feel for these funny little creatures, to lose them then really sucks, doesn't it?