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    • CommentAuthorchooksnpinkroses
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd, 2014 8:46am (Jun 3rd 2014) edited
    Some sad news. Our oldest chook, Millie, died last week. :face-crying: She had been sick about a week. She was 8 years and 7 months old, we got her when she was 5 months old. She was one of our first lot of chooks that we ever got. All her friends from way back then are long gone, either died or given away (when they stopped laying). She was a nice old girl, never a bully but always the boss without being mean. She laid regularly right up until just after last Christmas when she was off colour for a few days. We had a 'funeral' for her this afternoon. Hubby buried her in our herb garden, with her own rock on her grave and a sprinkling of petals from the last of our roses. We've never had roses last so long, usually early to mid May is when they finally finish.
    Now my oldest is Tilly, who is 5.5 years old. She is a white Australorpe (according to the people we got her from) and recently I finally fixed her leg mites she had had for a long time. The way I did it was to dunk her legs into oil every 3 or 4 weeks. The lumps on her feet fell off slowly over time and eventually they stopped coming back. Yay! She now has lovely feet like a young chook, has had for a couple of months now. I've even stopped dunking her feet, but I keep my eye on them. :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd, 2014 7:22pm (Jun 3rd 2014)
    So sorry to hear you lost your Millie, that you have had for so long. I know how hard it is, I've lost some that have just broken my heart to loose. My oldest one now, is a little hen named Eldesey, who is 10yrs. old this month and still lays an egg every day. What kind of oil did you use to get rid of the mites on Tilly?
    I just used ordinary cooking oil. I think the oil smothers the mites so they die, eventually.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 10th, 2014 4:42pm (Jun 10th 2014)
    Sorry to hear your news, but it sounds as though you gave her the most wonderful life that a chicken could ask for!
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2014 7:44pm (Jun 13th 2014) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    So sorry to hear about your loss, pinkroses :(

    It's so hard when you lose them, but like CC said it sounds like Millie had an amazing life with you and was dearly loved :bighug: