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    • CommentTimeJul 20th, 2012 11:26am (Jul 20th 2012) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Tilly has a vet's appointment this morning, hopefully we can get through to Scarlet as she's going to have to help get her there with Helen as I'm stuck at work and Helen has a huge allergy to chickens and already has a bad chest infection...

    It never rains but it pours. :-(
    • CommentTimeJul 20th, 2012 5:16pm (Jul 20th 2012)

    Keeper of the hens

    Tilly was put to sleep earlier this afternoon. :-(

    She was always the top of the pecking order, but always tolerated us picking her up and messing with her, she had a soft side that was quite affectionate, though her hard-stares could stop other chickens in their tracks!

    She was also the original cover-girl for hencam:

    She will be missed, not least by Penny who doesn't like to be left alone. We may have to get some company for her before she gets completely stressed. :-(

    Tilly almost made it to 10 years old (100 years old in human years), as it was, she died in her mid 90's, thanks for sharing your life with us, and say hello to Milly for us.

    She will be cremated on Saturday.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 20th, 2012 5:55pm (Jul 20th 2012)
    God bless, Tilly; you were a lovely girl and will be terribly missed. :heart: Our sympathies to everyone... How is Penny taking it, Neil, is she all right?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 20th, 2012 6:12pm (Jul 20th 2012)
    OMG..this such sad news, Neil. Tilly was such a joy to watch on poor little Penny is all alone..I'm going to miss her so very much:044::face-crying:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 20th, 2012 7:15pm (Jul 20th 2012)
    I am so sorry to hear your news Neil.
    I never thought I would cry over a hen......
    • CommentTimeJul 20th, 2012 10:10pm (Jul 20th 2012)
    This is so sad and such a shock - I hadn't realised she was sick.
    She was a beautiful hen, and though I didn't get to see hencam itself much since we bought the i-mac, I would try to catch a little bit of time with her and Penny at work every now and then.

    Sleep soundly Tilly, reunited with Milly at the Rainbow Bridge. We will all miss you.

    Condolences to you Neil, and Helen, Red and the extended family. :face-crying:
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2012 10:01pm (Jul 22nd 2012) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you for the kind comments...

    Since Tilly died, Penny has looked stressed as the only hen in our flock left - she used to do the danger call when Tilly went up to lay, she really does not like being alone.

    I decided to get her some company and phoned round several places but most either had only one breed or they were too young.

    I finally found a farm shop which had several breeds available at different ages, so we went there just to have a look, and ended up with our new additions. They are un-named as of yet!

    I think it's going okay so far. Penny has been a bit freaked out by it all obviously and she is giving the others a peck if they get too close as she wants to be top of the new pecking order. The new hens are going to take a few days to get used to their new surroundings!

    Penny hasn't been too aggressive with them - certainly not the chasing and pinning down you sometimes see, so I'm hopefuly it will be sorted in the next day or so. It's not nice to see...

    The hens are:

    - Ginger-ry / brown one: a 'nero', often used as a commercial layer in France, a really pretty hen!

    - grey / black one: a 'blue star', derived from a Maran and a Rhode Island Red, they are very placid.

    - speckled white one: an 'Old Sussex Star', with a definite look of Milly. Again, they are very placid in nature.

    Scarlet came over earlier this evening to see how they were settling in and tame them a bit.

    I went and sat with them after they left and the ginger one came and sat on my leg twice and then tried to roost on my shoulder!

    I put them to bed up in the coop and they stayed there for a couple of minutes and now they're all down in the main bit trying to sleep on top of each other! (Their housing was a one-floor system before so they aren't used to this new layout)

    I think I am going to have to gently put them to bed and this time close the bedroom door, and then let them out nice and early in the morning.

    Fingers crossed it all goes smoothly...

    [Edit] I think putting them up there just for a couple of minutes has shown them that they can go up there - they've spent the last 10 minutes going up and down those ladders like a sleepy yoyo!

    Hopefully they'll go up and fall asleep soon!
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2012 10:18pm (Jul 22nd 2012) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    update: One of them was trying to roost on the top step of the ladder, so I've gently placed them on the roosts and they've gone straight to sleep :-)

    Penny is sleeping on the floor of the upper nestbox at the back out of camera shot, but you can see the three new hens on the roosts.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2012 10:20pm (Jul 22nd 2012)
    They look settled in now. Must have been a heck of a day.
    Anyway, its all on the UP for them now.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd, 2012 12:15am (Jul 23rd 2012)
    So sad to hear the news and I feel for you all, you will miss your little Tilly. Sleep soundly little hen.

    Glad to hear the new girls are setling in and Penny will adapt to her new friends.