Today's Friday Feature is in honor of Hen Solo, a brave adventuring hen that passed away today. Hen Solo was a Red Sex-Link “spent” hen (commercial egg production breed past egg laying age) that chose to venture out of the bird yard and spend her summer living among the horse and goat paddocks, drinking from the dog bowl in the paddock lanes, and foraging for insects. We occasionally carried her back to the coop for a good meal, but in her determination to forge out on her own (and avoid all the roosters looking for a "date"), she continued to return to what we called "space". Although many believe farm birds do not exhibit any unique personality that can differentiate them from others, Hen Solo is a shining example of this being untrue. She clucked with anticipation whenever I opened the grain canister, surprised us by jumping out of closed hay boxes, and slept nestled among the goats despite her flock being hundreds of feet away.
For those of you that do eat meat - would you consider refraining from eating chicken tomorrow, in honor of the hen that we came to love so dearly? It would mean a lot to us to know that she can still make an impact in the lives of her feathered sisters and brothers
Hen Solo was truly a unique individual, and we will miss her dearly. See you later, space adventurer.