Saying Goodbye to My Pet Chicken


Faithful HomesteaderI am sad once again to have said goodbye to another beloved pet chicken. This time my sweet little Lilah is gone too soon. She was just a bit over two years old and a Serama. I am not really sure what took her out in the end. As with the loss of all my pet chickens, I am heartbroken.


Her name was from the Hebrew word for "night." I think it was a pretty name for a pretty chicken. She was definitely the quietest of all our chickens. She didn't even do the egg song. She was just a super productive girl when she was healthy.

She was not at the bottom of the pecking order, but she was close. In a time of being bullied she totally freaked me out when she flew up and landed on my shoulder and just hung out there for quite a bit. That was certainly a first for me. She ended up also doing the same thing to my husband and that endeared her to him.

For a while she really was the most productive of all the chickens, but then she ended up with worms. We treated all the girls, but the whole thing did take its toll on her. She had gone down hill and besides the dewormer, I started her on some natural treatments to try to get her over the hump. She had lost weight and was not very active. I gave her some treatments of activated charcoal and colloidal silver. We actually did see some improvement. She was eating and her weight stabilized. It seemed there was reason to be hopeful.

To help fatten her back up, I had started feeding her organic baby food mixed with oregano to try to help her immune system. Sometimes she did breathe through her mouth, but it was not all the time. She definitely had a lot of life still in her. There were no concerns about her poo and she had a healthy appetite.

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