Bless. I am saddened to report that our dear sweet Cotton Bottom is no longer with us. Apparently, and it doesn't surprise me with snow on the ground for a week now, that something, a possum I expect, was pretty hungry last night and found it's way to our girl. Cotton was the only chicken we have had for over a year now and was one of the finest layers I have ever met. Not to mention one who laid the biggest eggs I'd ever seen. Although I admit I don't get attached in my heart to our strictly outdoor animals around here simply because they are more vulnerable to hungry wildlife when we aren't looking. It's just part of having them and I have to understand that. I am sad but more in a smile way for the way she was and her personality than a sad and crying way. When you have farm animals it just is that way. I enjoyed taking care of her and getting to know her as our lone chicken for so long. However, this does open up the possibility of getting a larger flock. I didn't want to introduce new chickens and was protective of her because when you mix new chickens in with existing chickens they can tend to bully especially if they are already familiar with each other and I liked her and respected her enough to not want to expose her to that.
She actually spent the night in the shop two of the coldest nights and days this past week with the warmth of the heater and Miss Kitty's company and she had her usual appetite back from where she had molted during January. We have been blessed with a couple of really sweet chickens during the last several years of raising hens and she was for sure a sweet soul. I would carry her around and she would talk to me in her own way. She loved bathing in the loose garden soil and when we'd take a walk along side the shop lifting rocks and looking for worms. Ok.. now I'm getting emotional... a little. Enough said. Cotton Bottom will for sure be missed.
I used this picture in the calendar I made for my family this year and it brought home a ribbon in the county fair in 2014.
Shaun recently let her out to roam for a couple of hours only to find that he couldn't find her when it was time to put her up. Oddly enough he could find Kate either. Turns out they were both taking a nap in Kate's dog house. How sweet.