Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tuesdays' Show & Tail - Beloved Hen of Christmas Past

I'm joining in West Virginia Treasures for Tuesdays' Show & Tail - according to her guidelines, I've featured her lovely peacock image, and am linking back to her blog, where you can either find the other features for today, or link in yourself to tell your animal or pet stories!  Follow the Peacock!!!
 This is Valentina.  She joined our lives one Valentines' Day - as a gift for my hubby!  Well, actually, I found her on a busy stretch of highway on Valentines' Day, in the snow, with frost bitten toes and a broken wing.  I brought her home and put her in a large box stall in the barn, and made a huge banner with Happy Valentines' Day to My Hubby to hang on the stall door!  You can imagine, this was the most surprising (and astounding) gift that man had ever received!  I mean, who would THINK of a hen as a gift?!?!? Tee hee!
Tina was the best hen - she knew her name and came when called.  She learned to play the piano, retrieve items, and could fly up from the ground to snatch treats from my grandkids' hands!  She loved to be held!  And as a reward for bringing her back to health, she would lay a sage green egg each morning for several years!
Here she is, enjoying a Maxwell House Moment!  She was truly loved!  Tina's the REASON I got more hens - because thanks to her, we realized the great taste of fresh eggs vs store bought varieties.  And thanks to Tina we realized hens make fun and entertaining pets!  She passed away at the grand old age of 6, due to an unknown cause.  These photos were taken 3 days before she died - just after Christmas 2008.  I still miss her and we talk of her often - she was a remarkable pet!

the ChickenWrangler 



12 comments:

Cindy said...

AWWW..what a cutie!1And what a loving husband to accept her as a gift.

Hugs Cindy

Vickie said...

I love this! I had a stray hen come to my house about this time last year. Sadly, we only had her for about 3 months - we think a coyote got her. But she gave us green eggs every day, too. She was flighty, but I think she was so grateful for that short time to have someone take care of her. She trusted me, I think, there towards the end... I'm getting more chickens. I really am. My husband says no. But I'm getting more chickens...

Jean @ Prim Crafts said...

What a sweet post. A nice tribute to Tina. Animals of all kinds tug at my heartstrings. Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. I will certainly be following your blog anscious to read more of your Tuesday show and tails.
Thank you for sharing,
Prim Blessings,
Jean

varunner said...

How lucky for her to have found you! She sounds like such a cool bird.

Are your hens molting? About half of mine seem to be molting lately.

Debbie said...

Awww..what a nice post. My favorite hen was Henny Penny. she could be a stinker sometimes, but I loved her dearly. I think hens make nice pets. Unlike the ducks we have at the lakehouse...they poop all over the beach!!!ugh.
Debbie@lakehouse

Mildred said...

This is a precious post! I am so happy you shared these pics. I know you do miss her! Hope you have a nice afternoon.

Angela said...

Now that's a great story! I didn't know that was how you started your chicken ventures. Tina sure was a God send wasn't she! She was beautiful. That was a lot of snow too!

Tuesdays' Show & Tail!
Angela

Home In The Hollow said...

What an great gal! The piano? Perhaps she lived with Liberace!!...:)JP

Jane said...

Thanks for the story. I learn so much about chickens whenever I visit her. I had no idea that chickens actually had personalities! What an ignorant git I be!

Jane - who sends her regards to Miz LIzzy and hopes that she will post some wicked advice for daily living again soon.

Chatty Crone said...

Awww that was quite a loving tribute . . .

sandie

Elaine said...

A great story of a loved pet.. I reemember my mother said she had a pet chicken as a child...I believe I have a picture of it.

Annesphamily said...

What an endearing story. That was truly a favorite pet. I am so glad I came over. I loved your story. What a friend you had in that sweet hen! She had you to thank for saving her life. This is the best story I have read today! Anne