I'm getting used to losing animals at the farm. It's part of life, and bound to happen when you have so many of them. But I knew this hen would break my heart one day...
...and she has. While we were in Jamaica last week, Charlotte quietly left this world for the big chicken coop in the sky!
She was born on July 8, 2009 and had a wonderful life. We got her on the day she hatched, along with 12 other Sex-Links hens that predeceased her.
Charlotte was quite the social hen. She loved people, loved to be held and stroked, and was fearless!
She had her photo taken with Santa many times (a Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry OSPCA fundraiser)...
...not to mention the Easter bunny!
She always sought me out when I came down to the barn. She really enjoyed attention!
She was a lap chicken too.
Last summer, we have a 5th birthday party for Charlotte...
My friend Ronna even made her a special cake!
Last summer, she also became a mama!
Sex-Links hens are bred for egg production and are not supposed to get broody. And for five years, Charlotte didn't! But last summer, something happened, and she took over four eggs from another hen.
She was a proud and excellent mother (seen her sharing some yogurt with her four chicks, all from eggs that did not come from Charlotte!) She was fiercely protective of them and very loving, and she brought them up to be a fine quartet of chickens.
She loved to ride around on my shoulder while I did farm chores.
She had been doing great lately. In January, I took a selfie with her...
Just before we went away, Charlotte showed her feistiness in a hilarious way. When a rooster grabbed her and tried to mate with her, she turned around, knocked him off, grabbed him by the neck, then jumped on HIM for a hump!!!
Motherhood moved her WAY up the pecking order in the coop.
She was an extraordinary hen, full of character. We'll miss her so much!
Thanks for all the eggs and companionship, you beautiful girl. You will be missed! You were always our extra-special hen.