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The Circle of Life: R.I.P. Nancy

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Our dear little hen Nancy died today. She was one of the chickens we inherited from our neighbors down the road two years ago (only 2 years? It seems like we’ve had those extra chickens forever.) She had a matching husband, Mr FancyPants, who expired (hawk) not too long after we got him. Nancy has been a favorite of all of us-she’s tiny and sweet, but feisty too. This spring she was the secret mother to two of Mother Hen’s chicks (they looked exactly like her.)
This afternoon I was in the driveway in the car and I heard the chickens make a terrible ruckus. I looked up and saw a hawk flapping and trying to grab something on the ground. I jumped out of the car and ran over to it yelling. I could see that he had Nancy and didn’t want to let go. I scared him off and picked her up, but could tell it was too late. There was nothing I could do for her. I held her in my arms gently and spoke to her softly until she stopped moving. I know some people might say she was just a chicken, but she was a good one and will be missed. I think if she had just vanished I wouldn’t feel so sad. I’ll be honest-it was pretty traumatic to witness.
I’m sorry I couldn’t protect her, but glad that her last moments were being held by someone. And I have to say that she did have a pretty good life with us. I don’t know exactly how old she was, but I had noticed her slowing down a bit recently and think she was actually pretty old. So goodbye, Nancy, I hope you enjoyed your life with us! And thanks for all the tiny eggs.
Face to face with Nancy


About Sarah

I'm a librarian living with my lovely family in a gorgeous spot of New Jersey, where we raise chickens and love the outdoors. I try to find enough time to indulge all my hobbies-cooking, photography, gardening, sewing, and I write about it all on my book blog & personal blog.

2 responses »

  1. Oh dear. I am so sorry but glad that Nancy had a good life while she was with you. It must have ben traumatic to see that happen. I dread that ever happening to mine.

  2. Loosing a friend is never easy no matter their form .. feathered, furry, scaled or human. Those of us, and there are many, that are animal lovers totally understand your grief. Sorry to hear about your dear little hen.


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