This week we lost a good laying hen, her name was Irene. Something tried to pull her through the fence; our guess is that it was a raccoon. Kevin came into the kitchen to tell me that something had happened to one of the girls. I asked him which one. Irritated, he looked at me and told me that he didn’t know her name. One would think that after being married to me for 9 years, he would know some of these things by now. He just said that it was the old Dominicker.
Duetta. Huetta, and Louetta had been our first chickens. Huetta and Louetta have gone on to that chicken yard in the sky. Admittedly I was sad. Duetta had eaten from my hand when she was a chick. Later that morning, I walked out there to check on things.
Irene, the young Dominicker/Americauna cross breed was missing! Irene was a lovely girl. Her mother had been a Dominicker and her father was the evil Americauna that taught me to carry a big stick into the chicken pen. Panicking, I began searching for her. I looked at Mister and told him that he was not doing his job. Mister stuck out his chest and the feathers on his neck went up, but he eyed the magic rooster stick in my hand, and wisely chose not to approach me. Clover’s empty pen was searched, Emmet’s pen and house were searched, I walked around the yard searching and calling. I went to Aunt Bea and Clara’s pen, no Irene. Suddenly, a Dominicker walked past. I stopped and looked, it was Duetta!
Kevin was wrong, but if Duetta is okay, then Irene was the victim. The realization began to sink in, my lovely Irene, the gentle girl with the blue feather at the bottom of each wing was gone. Honestly Kevin should take the time to learn their names to prevent further misunderstandings.
Clover would not have allowed this to happen. The remainder of the flock is on alert, hoping that this predator does not return. There will be fewer eggs now. Little Peep is not laying yet. Chickens have a shorter life span than people. It is my job to take care of them while they are here and enjoy the eggs! Next year, there may be more, and a list of potential names is ready for the newcomers.