About 10 days ago I went out to the backyard to do the routine chicken check. You know, make sure they have food, water and are happy little hens. As I peeked into the coop I saw little Molly laying in the hay on the ground, lifeless. It was about 8:30 a.m. so Rob wasn’t up yet and I was left by myself to wonder how she died. It must’ve been natural causes or an illness that we were unaware of. Phyllis, our one chicken left, is showing no signs of illness so we’re pretty sure Molly was just old.
We got Molly about two months after we moved in here. We had Funky and she needed a friend. Rob went to Foster Feed and saw her there on consignment. He brought her home and she was ours. We called her Molly because of her slight red headedness. Molly Ringwald to be exact. Molly was picked on at first by Funky (establish the pecking order). When the chicks were added to the coop she and Funky teamed up to bully them. Even though she gave them a hard time, Molly was probably the easiest going chicken we ever had. She almost always let us pick her up, never really pecked at us and was even a bit of a celebrity. Molly starred in the 3rd Floor‘s latest show Whiskey Powered Taco Fight and in a Hollywood Video training video. I think she was also the first of our chickens to discover that if she jumped over the small fence we built to keep them in the back of the yard, she could jump on the deck then on to the patio roof and off the roof into her side of the yard. It was always funny to see the chickens on the roof. Molly was also one of the louder chickens. Her squawking would often wake me up on the weekends long before I wanted. I’d got out there to see if they needed food or water and they wouldn’t. She was just noisy. She was the one who in our 2007 Christmas card pooped all over me. We’re surely going to miss her squawking and visiting us at the back door. Rest well in chicken heaven Molly.
On a lighter note, we got three more chicks this week. We’ll keep you updated on their growth as they will look more and more awkward as they go through the short lived chicken adolescence.