Goodbye my sweet little Nobie

catherinet(5 IN)May 18, 2008

I got Nobie as a 2 day old chick 5 years ago. She was a buff orpington. I couldn't keep my 17 hens straight, so I gave them colored leg bands. I had run out of colors, so I left a band off of one of them, and called her "no band".......or Nobie for short.

At 6 months, I noticed that she was smaller and paler than the others. I began finding her off to herself in the coop. I picked her up one day and discovered that she had a huge, swollen abdomen. I took her to an avian specialist, and she told me that it was ascities, but without other tests, we wouldn't know if it was cardiac, liver, kidney or cancer. I couldn't spend that kind of money. The vet drained her of alot of clear fluid. Once she was drained, she would be fine, but I had to keep her separated from the other hens, as they know when one is sick and will kill it.

I took her every few months to the vet, and she would drain her. I figured out how to drain her myself.

Nobie and I have been through alot together. She got lice really badly because of the small crate she was in, plus, she was in a weakened state. We finally got that taken care of.

My husband and I drained her about 4 times a year. She would have a hard time breathing when she would get full, and she wouldn't eat.

But right after her drainings, she would be a new woman, and would be happy as a clam. I moved her to a larger penned-in area in the front storage room of the coop.

I felt bad that she couldn't be with the others, but at least she was close to the screen door, where she could see the others. And some mornings, I'd let the others in the front room to visit. (outside Nobie's pen). I would try to take her outside when the weather was nice, and I would sit there, while she would hunt for bugs, eat locust seeds and grass.

Last winter, she got much sicker and I brought her into a crate in our big bathroom. She was too sick to even drain. She would almost pass out when I would try to hold her to drain her. So I gave her some antibiotics, and just tried to make her comfy. Well, after about 6 weeks, she had perked up enough that I could drain her, and she was back to her old self again.

I took her out to her pen in the coop in April, where she seemed happy. I got her a mirror, to help keep her company.

Every morning when I would go out to the coop, she would jump up against the chicken wire fencing that was her pen, out of excitement. She loved getting a little bit of scratch and sunflower seed.

Every morning I'd talk to her, and every evening I'd say goodnight. I'd shine the flashlight around her, and she would peck at the light. It was cute.

Last night I said goodnight. She didn't come over to me like she usually did, but I figured she was just tired.

This morning I went into the coop and she was laying at the front of the pen, very still. I picked her up and she was cold and a little stiff. I realized that the end was near.

I sat out in the sunshine with her on my lap, while she breathed shallowly. I walked around with her in my arms, like she always used to like doing.

About 2 hours later, she breathed her last breath, just as I was showing her a bluebird.

I loved that little girlfriend. She was the strongest little animal I've ever known. She endured so much, yet always came back and had a sweet disposition.

We buried her next to Rosie, Floppsie, Jean, Whitney, Skye, and Squeaky.

I will really miss Nobie, and the coop will never be the same.

I just know that some day, after I'm gone and my spirit is somewhere else, another spirit will come up to me and say "Hey! I'm Nobie!", and we'll hug and laugh.

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Awe, Catherine trying to type with tears blinding me. I'm sorry. It's so hard losing things that we hold so dear. I feel your pain. I was wondering how she came by her name. Thanks for sharing her life with us. Glenda

    Bookmark   May 18, 2008 at 9:48PM
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chickadeedeedee(z 6-7 ish Ohio)

Awwww. Dear little Nobie. She was a very brave soul! And YOU went well beyond the call to help her have a happy pampered life!

I'm so sorry Nobie has left you. But she's waiting to rejoin you once your life's journey is done. ((((cyber hug! ))))

    Bookmark   May 19, 2008 at 7:30AM
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Awww, sweet little Nobie! I love the story of her name! Catherine, you are an angel, and she knew that.

"...trying to type with tears blinding me."

Me, too. I'm so very sorry for your loss, Catherine. I, too, believe in that "some day." *HUGS*


    Bookmark   May 19, 2008 at 9:08AM
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jeanner(SW Ohio - Z6)

Bless you for loving and caring for her. So few would take the time or have the patience to do what you did. You were there for her right up to the end, she will never forget that.

God bless Nobie.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2008 at 9:59PM
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sheepco(MN z4)

Oh I'm so sorry Catherine! She had the best mom ever!

    Bookmark   May 20, 2008 at 8:37AM
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sleeplessinftwayne(z4-5 IND)

Sorry, darlin'. Sandy

    Bookmark   May 20, 2008 at 2:01PM
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catherinet(5 IN)

Thanks for your kind words everyone.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2008 at 2:06PM
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lefd05(z5/6 westCO)

Awww, I'm so sorry. Its really tough to care for a beloved pet and lose them.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2008 at 3:55PM
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catherinet(5 IN)

Thank you lefd.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2008 at 9:17AM
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Catherine im so sorry for your loss :-( I love chickens as pets and we had ducks too. I love that special little soft cluck they make just when they're with you. They are so soft to cuddle too. Silky feathers. She couldn't have had a better friend than you and im so sorry for your loss of such a dear friend. At least her suffering is over and you always did the best you could for her. Sweet little Nobie has found peace. Her soul will always be with you.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2008 at 3:56PM
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catherinet(5 IN)

Thank you Bonnie. I really appreciate it.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2008 at 8:15PM
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