Farewell Sweet Amber

It has been a sad few days at Brookwood Shire.  On Sunday, when I went up to check on the girls, Amber was in the nesting box.  While Beatrix and Prudence are laying again, Amber has only laid one egg this Spring.  I thought perhaps she was starting up again, but when she saw me, she got down from the nesting box.  There was no egg and I noticed something red near her vent.  I brought her inside to check her and she had prolapsed again.  This happened once before but this was worse.  I gave her a bath but it didn’t help. Of course it was Sunday so there were no vet available.  She would have to spend the night inside.

IMG_5116  She was no better on Monday so I made an appointment with a local vet who sees chickens.

IMG_5118Amber did well and was very cooperative.  But the news wasn’t good.  The vet was able to fix the prolapse but Amber was pushing and it kept coming out again.  Why was she pushing?  X-Rays showed there was no egg in her….so what?  Possibly a growth.  Further investigation showed abnormal cells….probably a malignancy.   Amber has not really been herself for awhile…this would explain a lot of things.  But it was very bad news.  We discussed all possible interventions and there really  wasn’t anything that would help enough to be worth putting Amber through it.  This was only going to get worse.  So after a lot of discussion, we made the very hard decision to put her to sleep.  

IMG_5125She was able to have a final snack before we said good bye.  

It was a very gentle passing.   Amber is at peace now.  

Amber was my favorite from the beginning.  She was always the friendliest and the most talkative.  


Even as a baby check, still living in the bathroom, she was interested in everything and everybody.

IMG_0057She would jump/fly onto anyone who came in the room.  She just loved people!

As she got older, her world expanded.

import sept 26 2012 043But even in Cluckingham Palace, she was eager to meet new friends.

Everyone loved Amber.  Her sisters all loved being with her.  I never saw anyone ever peck her.  And I never saw her peck anyone else.  She was a happy girl who got along with everyone.

Though she did not like to share the nesting box.  There were a few arguments about the nesting box.  


She could be quite pushy when she wanted the nesting box. 

IMG_3785And she was very proud when she laid an egg.

She loved being out in the big run..


…with her friends…


..or helping with the compost in the Spring.


And she LOVED her dust baths!

Amber brought much  joy to Brookwood Shire…..and lots of laughter.  It will be an emptier place with out her.   


Farewell, sweet girl…we will miss you!

About patti

I am a retired kindergarten teacher, tending a new kind of garden now, raising chickens and exploring permaculture. I live with my husband, Bill, my beloved dog, Fergus and my cat, Mighty Merlin. We have a small cottage and a tiny bit of land called Brookwood Shire. It is our sanctuary.
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12 Responses to Farewell Sweet Amber

  1. I’m so sad, I can’t imagine how you feel. Amber was my favourite too – maybe because she was yours but maybe because she just was a sweetie and it came through in your posts and photos.

    She had a great life and an easy end which is all any of us can hope for.

    I hope your other girls help lessen your sadness and that spring brings lots of happiness for you and all the residents of Cluckingham Palace.

  2. wspines says:

    So sorry for your loss, she will be missed by all. She was so lucky to have you, she had a wonderful life. Hugs

  3. Danusia says:

    Thanks for sharing Amber’s story. She was special.

  4. BeckyHelps says:

    We just have “Lady” left now. All the flock of exbattery beauties coming from the barren cages on 1st Jan 2012 have died apart from her (I just blogged about it due to reading your blog). I now realise the truth of Lady being over 4 years old and wondering how long we have of her company.

  5. BeckyHelps says:

    Oh wait, I hadn’t calculated that she must have been at least a year old already, so she’s probably 5 years old.

  6. BeckyHelps says:

    Amber, what a beautiful name.

  7. Cindy says:

    A lovely story of Amber’s life. Sorry for your loss.

  8. Joanne says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this. But, she had the best life any chicken could ask for and every minute of it was a happy one right to the last.

  9. Michele spencer says:

    Oh Patti, how sad. I’m so sorry for the loss of your sweet girl. I cried as I read your account. I will miss calling out to her as I walk by. I hope the other girls weather her passing and are alright. She really was a sweet heart. I remember when I cared for them when you were away and she was quite the sweetie as you said. I enjoyed holding her and feeling her softness. That experience taught me how special Chickens really are. I will miss her.

  10. Karen Connell says:

    oh so sorry you have to miss your dear chicken, it is so hard. You wrote a great story about your great time with her, I know how you feel…..Karen (McGovern)

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