Chicken Tinder

Plump, attractive, mature lady with all her own feathers looking for somebody to strut with and possibly share some snails and bugs.  Has own transport and can sometimes squeeze an egg out.  GSOH (good sense of hens) essential.  

I am all that is left of the Tialys flock.

In the old days there were a few of us and we had a handsome cockerel called Darth who looked after us.

I used to chat with him and we sometimes had a laugh together by pretending not to see that a kitten was stalking us.

These black hens were the oldest and had been Tialys chickens since 2006.

Darth died last year aged 11 and only me and Grandma Black Hen were left.  We flew up into a tree earlier last year when the weasels came and decapitated our last two sisters right in front of us.

Last weekend, Grandma Black Hen started to fade and then she died – she was 12 years old and my last friend.

I came rushing out of my coop this morning as usual –

then I remembered I am all alone now.

I heard Mr. & Mrs. Tialys say they don’t want to keep chickens any more so they won’t be getting me any new friends but they are worried I’ll be lonely.

I am too.



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  1. #1 by nettyg on July 4, 2018 - 10:00

    That’s so sad, poor chookie. She can come live with my two 🙂 who also worry what will happen to the last lady standing. There are a number of hen rescue groups around here, as well as individuals who are always willing to re-home the odd chicken. Perhaps you could find something similar. They don’t always do well alone.

    • #2 by tialys on July 4, 2018 - 12:18

      I’m going to ask around as, unlike the chickens we had when in the U.K., the ones we’ve had since we’ve lived here aren’t so sociable. I don’t think it’s because they’re French, I might add, but because my daughters were quite young when we got the U.K. batch and spent a lot of time in their run with them.

  2. #3 by claire93 on July 4, 2018 - 10:31

    oh that’s so sad!
    If we lived closer, I would offer grandma red hen a good home. I do hope you find someone locally who would be happy to let her join their flock.

    • #4 by tialys on July 4, 2018 - 12:16

      Thanks Claire, I’m sure you would. I have a couple of more local likely candidates who might offer/be persuaded. We’ll see.

  3. #5 by thecontentedcrafter on July 4, 2018 - 10:54

    Oh, break my heart! There will be someone won’t there, close by, who will hear her plight and come to her rescue…..

    • #6 by tialys on July 4, 2018 - 12:15

      There is somebody actually – a good friend who has lots of chickens – but I don’t like to ask her in case she feels obliged to say yes when she doesn’t really want to.

  4. #7 by katechiconi on July 4, 2018 - 11:50

    Poor girl… Lucky not to have fallen to the Weasels of Wildwood, but sad to be alone at her age. However, chickens do sometimes manage OK by themselves so long as there are other creatures around. You may find she’s trying to socialise with you while you’re outside.

    • #8 by tialys on July 4, 2018 - 12:14

      Yes, she was very enterprising – her and the old, recently departed, lady had both flown up into a tree and sat there until I went and rescued them and, if you’ve ever tried wrangling an unwilling chicken down from a tree whilst standing on tiptoe and reaching up as far as possible, you’ll know it wasn’t easy.
      I’ve tried giving her the daily treat of corn and grain by hand but she’s very suspicious – maybe I should wear a chicken suit.

      • #9 by katechiconi on July 4, 2018 - 14:18

        Oh, I have unfond memories of trying to get a whole flock down from the trees in their chook yard to put them away at night. Eventually I dealt with it by trimming a couple of the flight feathers on one wing of each so they flew lopsided. No more tree perching… I feel that perhaps a chicken suit might not have the desired effect, and possibly even the opposite one to what you’re hoping for, hee hee!

      • #10 by tialys on July 5, 2018 - 11:42

        Sounds like fun but, if they’d had their feathers trimmed the two the weasel/stoat thingy might have got them too.
        I’ve taken the chicken suit back to the shop – it’s too hot and the feathers were tickling me.

      • #11 by katechiconi on July 5, 2018 - 12:11

        That’s a good point. And thank goodness you’ve decided against the chook-drag, especially in summer weather 😉

  5. #12 by nanacathy2 on July 4, 2018 - 12:03

    That is so sad, I hope someone will find her a jolly nice care home.

    • #13 by tialys on July 4, 2018 - 12:11

      My French neighbours have chickens but they are much more ‘practical’ with theirs – if you get my drift – so she won’t be going there.

  6. #14 by KerryCan on July 4, 2018 - 13:47

    Oh, nice–make me cry first thing in the morning.

    • #15 by tialys on July 4, 2018 - 14:11

      Sorry about that 😦

      • #16 by KerryCan on July 4, 2018 - 14:22

        And I don’t suppose your gorgeous cat came back either?

      • #17 by tialys on July 5, 2018 - 11:41

        He hasn’t 😦

      • #18 by KerryCan on July 5, 2018 - 12:01

        I hate that–the not knowing and worrying.

  7. #19 by kathyreeves on July 4, 2018 - 15:58

    Poor chickie! I would worry that she might get bullied in a new hen house. Chickens are so cliquey. Hope there’s a neighbor with nice girls she can hang with!

    • #20 by tialys on July 5, 2018 - 11:40

      They can be quite nasty can’t they – a bit like schoolgirls in the playground.

      • #21 by kathyreeves on July 5, 2018 - 15:37

        We had two that we never could get the others to accept…what a mess! We finally ran two groups until the old ones went bye bye.

      • #22 by tialys on July 5, 2018 - 15:58

        That sounds familiar – hastily constructed second hen houses, new wire separating fence, etc. – although we always managed to get them to mingle eventually.

  8. #23 by Lynda on July 4, 2018 - 18:32

    AW… I would take her if I were in your neighborhood. The end of an era. 😦

    As for detreeing a chicken I have found that a squirt with the hose nozzle works like a charm! Only took to evenings of hose treatment for Checkers and now she’s back in the hen house at dusk. But then, Checkers is only one and a half years not 12. I had a chicken Miss Dixie who lived in the trees her whole life. She started after a dog attack killed her sibs and never quit. Weirdly, she knew when the temps were going to near or below freezing and would bunk in on those nights.

    • #24 by tialys on July 5, 2018 - 11:38

      We’ve never really had any problems encouraging them in to their house at night so I was surprised to see they were actually capable of getting up in a tree. Ours were all totally free-ranging at first but each time we got a new dog, unused to chickens, we lost one so decided to enclose them for their own protection although it is a very large enclosure.

  9. #25 by poshbirdy on July 4, 2018 - 23:30

    Hope you find her a home. You are right: a lone chick is a sad one and she needs friends. We have also vowed not to have chickens again when this lot go, though for me that means that I will no longer want to eat eggs, as I despise the egg industry and what it does to them (and no, I don’t eat chicken!). Hens are odd creatures but very loveable and you’ve done well to give them such long happy lives x

    • #26 by tialys on July 5, 2018 - 11:34

      I’m with you on the egg industry and we are lucky enough to have a friend with a largish, free-range flock which produce too many eggs for their own needs so I buy them from her.

  10. #27 by mariannasew2pro on July 4, 2018 - 23:58

    What a beauty, and such nice photos. You have truly created an animal paradise.
    I long to have my own hen set one day so I found your post and comments quite illuminating.

    • #28 by tialys on July 5, 2018 - 11:33

      I try to be useful now and again 😉

  11. #29 by CurlsnSkirls on July 5, 2018 - 01:57

    Hope all turns out well for your henny – do keep us posted? xx
    (Agree with others to not try the chicken suit just yet.)

  12. #31 by Kim on July 8, 2018 - 19:06

    Aww, so sad. Hopefully a solution will present itself.

    • #32 by tialys on July 10, 2018 - 12:17

      Perhaps some good news shortly!

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