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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 16th, 2012 2:18pm (Dec 16th 2012)
     
    Onion seems to spend a lot of time dozing when he's out in the garden during the day. He is seven or eight years old, but eats well and crows in the morning (although his voice is a bit cracked now!). Should I worry, or is it normal for an elderly chicken?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 16th, 2012 5:33pm (Dec 16th 2012)
     
    It does sound like he is just getting old, CC. I've had a couple who died of old age and they started acting like that, but one lasted an other 6 or so months. I guess it all depends on the rooster.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 17th, 2012 4:37pm (Dec 17th 2012)
     
    Well he seems happy enough; went a bit droopy a week or so ago and I gave him some antibiotic, and he was right as ninepence next day. He's eating well and seems happy, but I was just wondering... I don't even know how long bantams live for.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 17th, 2012 11:10pm (Dec 17th 2012)
     
    I didn't realise he was that old CC. Was he not a fresh-out-of-the-egg chicken when you got him? I thought I remembered you naming him, but maybe I'm getting all mixed up! I'm always tired too - wonder if a dose of antibiotics would do the same for me?!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 18th, 2012 4:00pm (Dec 18th 2012)
     
    I can't remember when we got him, but I know we had him a year or so before Dad died, which was 2006.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2013 5:51pm (Feb 17th 2013)
     
    Well, he died today, bless him. I bought him indoors and held him for much of the afternoon, and he just slipped away. God bless, Onion, we'll miss you old chap. :heart::044:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2013 7:17pm (Feb 17th 2013)
     
    I'm so sorry CC, he's been a part of your life for such a long time. I hope he's crowing loudly in chicken heaven now and am glad you got to be with him at the end and say goodbye.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2013 2:28pm (Feb 18th 2013)
     
    Oh CC I am so sorry to hear that Onion has gone over the rainbow bridge. He had a lovely life with you both and was loved and cherished right until it was his time to leave. I am thinking of you with love xxxx:heart:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2013 8:40pm (Feb 18th 2013)
     
    Oh no, CC...I'm so very sorry to hear you lost Onion. I lost my oldest Easter Egg chicken yesterday afternoon. She was the last of my hens that had survived the attack of the neighbor's dogs back in 2005.

    RIP little Onion. :heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2013 1:43pm (Feb 19th 2013)
     
    I'm so sorry Lynn, after surviving something so terrible she lived a long while. Was her name Easter Egg?! :heart:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2013 7:45pm (Feb 19th 2013)
     
    Easter Egg was her breed, they lay blue-green eggs, Kate. Her name was Lissy, and she was very sweet and loving. I now only have 15 big hens left and one rooster. I still have 24 Silkies left.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2013 10:43pm (Feb 19th 2013)
     
    I've never heard of that breed, what a lovely name! Have all of the others got names? Is it easy to recognise them all?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2013 4:02pm (Feb 20th 2013)
     
    Are they what we call Colombian? I believe they lay pastel coloured eggs.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2013 4:22pm (Feb 20th 2013)
     
    Easter Egg chickens are Araucanas crossed with other breeds, that lay blue, green and pinkish colored eggs. Araucanas are rumpless (tail-less) and ear-tufted birds, Easter Egg chickens have tails and much smaller ear-tuffs.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2013 2:19am (Feb 21st 2013)
     
    RIP Lissy and Onion and we wish you happy days in chicken heaven:hugging::heartsabove: