We lost Ruby Dee yesterday. It was just a matter of trying to make her comfortable.
What makes her loss particularly poignant is she was one of the first four hens we got in 2015. Now only Sweet Pea remains. Golda was killed by a predator and Emmy Lou (1) died in a similar fashion to Ruby. Both Isa Browns. I have to wonder.
I'll miss Rubes. She'd respond to her name. And could be a little firecracker. And she was only four.
Ruby Dee strutting her stuff
Ruby on the left, Sweet Pea on the right
The "senior" hens tend to hang together -- Sweet Pea, Buffy, Ruby and Jo (although only three years old Jo goes to bed early with the seniors.) My guess is Buffy will miss Ruby; they had been together more frequently of late.
Goodbye sweet girl.