I got home and looked out the window and I could see Lady lying next to the fence. I went outside and got a shovel to bury her under her favorite bush. As I opened the gate I looked over and saw Cheeto eating in the chicken coop. I told Levi what I saw and he knocked on the window to let everyone know. Everyone ran out to see Cheeto. There was a pile of Lady's feathers near her favorite bush. We think a hawk attacked her, but it was hard to tell with how many feathers she had. She did look untouched other than some blood on her beak. She was definitely dead. I buried her and we tended to Cheeto.
It is frustrating dealing with this hawk that will not leave. I feel if I had just built a large coop for them with a run this would have not happened. At the same time that isn't the model of having chickens that I have wanted either. So I am at a crossroad of what to do. Build some large coop and run or just see what happens with Cheeto. My neighbor offered his lone chicken to me last weekend, but at this point should I do it for fear of her dying too? Am I raising animals the right way?
Yesterday when I came home the boys were out with Cheeto keeping her company and letting her roam outside the coop. She stays in the coop most of the time now. I don't blame her on that. But I know at some point in a few weeks she will forget and start hanging out by the bush again. I guess we will see what happens. We will need to stay vigilant.
Lady we will miss you. You were our first chicken and were more than a farm animal to us. We hope we gave you a good life with as much enjoyment as you gave us.