Sunday, November 21, 2010

In Memoriam: June Chicken (March 22, 2007 - November 5, 2010)

When we lost our hen Sophia in March of 2009, we were desperate to find hen friends to keep Sara company, so we were lucky to find a couple who were willing to give us two of their two-year old chickens, June and her sister Rose. It was clear that they had no plans to keep any of their chickens much longer, since they had stopped laying regularly, so we know that we'd rescued June and Rose from the slaughterhouse. We knew we could give them a better life, and happily welcomed June and Rose into our family.

June learned to trust us. Shy and nervous when she arrived, she grew into a friendly and affectionate little red hen, the most outgoing of the three sisters. Accepting her role as second in the pecking order, she always seemed to enjoy her life here. She spent her days with Rose and Sara, either in the coop (when snow made it unappealing to them to go out) or roaming the backyard in their large tractor---we move it several times a day and let them out of it as much as we can without exposing them to hawk attacks. (There are LOTS of hawks around here, and as readers of this blog know, we nearly lost Sara to an attack last year.) June was especially fond of dustbathing, and loved to race around the backyard. She loved grated apples and any kind of berry, and sunflower seeds were a favorite, too. When she scampered across the yard and scratched excitedly in the dirt, June reminded us that chickens want only to live safe, peaceful and unrestricted lives, just as we do. Every chicken deserves to live the life June did.


Andrea said...

Sorry to hear that you've lost June. It's wonderful she was given a chance to live out her life in a happy home.

Vic Robinson said...

sorry to hear that. :(

Marina and Steve said...

Thank you. We really appreciate your kind words for June. Our chickens are as much a part of our family as our cats, and it's just as hard to lose them.

Happy Tofurky Day!
Marina and Steve

reoh said...

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that. Sounds like you have many happy memories of her.

Marina and Steve said...

Thanks, Reoh. After June became ill, we brought her inside the house, but she did have one last day outside, when she was able to roost and rest out in the yard and look for bugs under the peach tree with her sisters. It's good to know she had some freedom and comfort, even if we couldn't give her the long life she deserved.