Flinty died today. She was seven years old,which is fairly old for a chicken. She was hatched in March 2009, and was raised with five other chicks, and was one of the last two from that batch left alive. Now the last one left is Egypt, who is also seven years old. She was never sick once in her whole life. Goodbye, sweet Flinty.
Flinty in some time around fall 2012 preening with her friends.
Flinty in 2013 when she went broody. She was extremely good at hiding nests. One was under clumps of grass in the woods where she had kind of woven the grass into a protective canopy. Another was at the bottom of a large brush pile.
Flinty out for a walk with two other chicks from her batch some time in 2013. Left to right: Flinty, Big Thing, and Egypt.
Flinty stretching her wing some time in 2012.
Flinty drinking out of a sled that had filled with rain water in 2014.
Flinty sitting on her nest in 2013.
Flinty on the banner for the original chicken website.
Flinty in 2013.
Flinty in some time around 2011.
As a cockerel (he looked like a pullet).
In the rain–frizzled feathers un-frizzle when they get wet.
Owly is a Welsummer hen who was hatched in 2013.
Owly with Dragon at six days old.
Owly with Dragon at about two weeks old.
Owly with her friend Snowball.
Owly in the fall of 2013, when she began to grow giant spurs (which is highly unusual for a hen).
Owly with the flock in 2015, at 2.5 years old. She is now 3.25 years old.
Chickens that walked past the daffodils.
Egypt, an Easter Egger hen.
Dragon, a Russian Orloff hen.
Blackbeak, a Jersey Giant hen.
Fluffy Tail and Frizz.
Della, Fluffy Tail, and Frizz.
Lucky (who didn’t want her picture taken, and wouldn’t stay in the photo).
Tick Tock is a Cream Light Brown Dutch Bantam rooster.
Tick Tock last fall.
Panther, the missing chicken.
Last night, a chicken named Panther didn’t come back to the coop. Maybe she was scared of the neighbors’ fireworks, which were being set off right next to the coop. Or else she got eaten by an owl. We searched all over and couldn’t find her–there are a lot of places that chickens can hide in. All the others were in the coop asleep. It was dark outside, so it was hard to look for her. Eventually, after a lot of worrying, we locked the coop and decided that Panther had either been eaten by a predator or was hiding somewhere.
Panther didn’t come back to the coop.
To read the rest of this post, visit my chicken website: http://www.bigthingscoop.com/2015/07/04/what-to-do-if-your-pet-chicken-dissapears/