I have about 26 Chickens on my Homestead. All kinds, Buffs, Barred Rock, Sex Links, Reds etc. I have learned a lot about them in the last 11 years. They actually have varied personalities not unlike humans. They are a wonderful species. I have one that is dying right now. She is an older rhode island red. I found her a couple days ago in the chicken yard pretty lethargic. So I picked her up, took her in the house and cleaned the mud off her feet and underside. I wrapped her in a towel and just held her, transferring my loving energy to her in order to help comfort her. I readied a part of the coop were she could rest quietly. I laid fresh bedding and water. I laid her comfortably in the nest. I offered her water and food many times, but she refused. She immediately closed her eyes and went into sleep. She is now ready for her physical transition or what we humans call death.
Having worked Hospice for 10 years I learned a few things about Transition or Death….I learned that our culture in the West fears it greatly. I did too until I had to look at it for 10 years. But I would like to offer a different perspective after 10 years and much experience with the subject. Transition – Death is truly a part of life, or at least our physical life. Yes our physical bodies die. We take a first breath and a last breath, there is no getting out of that. There is, however, a part of us that is ETERNAL. People have all kinds of names for it, energy, soul, essence, higher self etc. The name does not matter only that I experienced it over and over again. Witnessing the physical body dying and the other part living on. I don’t claim to know where or how that happens for each individual. I do know for sure that it does happen.
Here are some tips if you have someone you love dying: Help to make them comfortable; fix food, arrange flowers, play soothing music, or just sit quietly with them. Honor the time you have with them NOW, be in the moment with them now. Try to understand this is their transition and only they and their higher self knows the plan. Don’t put your own fears/desires on them like, “please don’t die and leave me or please get better”. This only puts extra pressure on them during this very intense time. The process of the body dying is not usually an easy transition. In fact it can be lot of work and takes energy to complete. Your feelings are important too, so on your own time, take care of yourself by resting, eating, talking to another about your feelings or journaling works for me.