The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn't simple. ~Doris Janzen Longacre

The best way to bring a sustainable change in the world around me is by bringing the change in myself

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

An Orpington Hen named Matilda ...

I'll be honest all the orpington hens are named Matilda, there's a few of black hens. But this special one was easy to pick out why you'd ask. Well there was something very wrong with her crop. Being big birds, with huge feet her crop always got in the way when she walked. That crop was hanging down like a small seedless watermelon. It never caused a big problem until the last few weeks, she still got about and layed the odd egg. I could see she was struggling to get to the leftover snack pasta or rice, so made sure she got her fair share. the last week she let me pick her up and carry her to her favorite spot where she just sat looking very sad. Closing the chookies for the night, I found her, on her side dead, gone to Chookie Heaven. She was one of my original trio. Even here on this pic it easy to pick her out of this group see the one on the right.


  1. So sorry to hear about your hen. Its better that she is not suffering now. Trish

  2. I have one black orpington and she is a monster
    lovely birds

  3. Aw, good girl, Matilda, good girl. <3