OH, Drats! This Summer HEAT WAVE took my Foxy Roxy!!

“Heartbreak is LIFE educating us.” ~George Bernard Shaw

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Roxy, before her egg laying days…

Roxy lost her life yesterday. She was a foxy feathered friend who gave an egg a day, kept the bug population under control and was a constant companion to our one rooster. The cause of her death is unknown and being a very young chicken, age was not a factor. I suspect the extreme heat wave lingering over this land (with day temperatures brewing in the triple digits) may have been a factor. It is difficult to keep outside animals from heat related injuries and fatal mishaps during extreme heat temperatures. A regular, fine mist, water sprinkler throughout the day, I guess, was not enough to keep Roxy cooled down. I just do not know.

It was a sad day anyway, especially for her rooster companion. I also found myself tearing up just the thought of Roxy passing without anyone outside to help her.

I know Roxy was just a hen, and around here, hens are easy to come by, but somehow, have you noticed when you give a name to anything, it seems like the named item becomes the Velcro that sticks itself to your heart? Maybe next time I will cautiously give a name to anything that may strongly attach to my heart. Away with you, Velcro! Arrgh.

Grief is so painfully real, regardless of its origin. The love of, and attachment to, an animal friend can equal that of human relationships. Likewise, the loss of an animal can be just as devastating.” ~Rev. Joel L. Morgan

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Have you ever named something and later found your heart grieving when their final time came sooner than expected?

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45 thoughts on “OH, Drats! This Summer HEAT WAVE took my Foxy Roxy!!

  1. mtlawleyshire says:

    I am sorry for this. Have a distant, virtual hug. I am dreading out summer, with almost no rain this winter and spring flowers coming out several months early – it’s a bad feeling. I hope your heat wave passes soon. xxx

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    • Sunshine says:

      Thank you so much, mtlawleyshire…water restriction is another factor that makes using abundant water to keep things cool difficult.
      Let’s stay in prayer and yes, hopeful that the heat will let up for both of us.
      ~Abundant peace to you.

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  2. angelswhisper2011 says:

    I’m so sorry for the lost of Roxy, Sunshine. It wasn’t not “just a hen”, it was Roxy The hen, your hen and she was around you her whole life, and now her time has come to go, unespected… Life can hurt, the lost of an animal hurts (me) deeply, for years, not because they’ve got names, but because they walked with me during a long or short time in life. It’s the heart-connection you make with animals, a connection you won’t loose by death. They’re always around you, you only have to listen 🙂

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    • Sunshine says:

      I totally hear and understand what you mean about, “because they walked with me during a long or short time in life,” Angelswhisper. It is the emptiness that is the hard obstacle to jump over and overcome. Thank you, it helps to write about the loss–very therapeutic and brings things to a close a bit faster.
      Peace and light to you.

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  3. Janet Williams says:

    I feel sorry about your loss. Pets are part of family. Our hen died last year, and she was killed, by either a fox or a cat. It was a very brutal death. Very sad. We gave all the best protection we could have — the best chicken run and fencing, but she still died. It’s terribly sad to have lost a pet. It will take a long while to recover.

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    • Sunshine says:

      OH dear, Janet! Not only weather but yes, predators are so ‘delightful'(not really) to deal with!! Got to love hate those wicked raccoon bandits who run off with their hen meal.
      Healing from pet loss helps when you can write out the grief and then, let it go.
      Thanks for sharing, it helps tremendously! 🙂

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  4. amira says:

    sorry to hear about Roxy.
    losing someone is always hard… let alone the someone is not human. they all matter
    hope you are able to replace her soon 🙂

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    • Sunshine says:

      hi Amira!
      for sure another hen will come along but it will have to wait until this heat wave passes…
      thanks for the comforting words…it helps.
      ~peace be with you…

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  5. Caddo Veil says:

    I’m so sorry about Roxy’s passing, Sunshine–oh goodness, the heat must be merciless there. Lifting you up in prayer today–God bless you–love, sis Caddo

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  6. storybookapothecary says:

    I’m sorry to hear about Roxy. She looks like a lovely friend. The heat here has been pretty crazy too. Have to watch my dogs very carefully. It’s so easy for animals to de-hydrate in this weather. x

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    • Sunshine says:

      The irony is, Storybook Apothecary, with the high temperature comes water restrictions and that is exactly what we need to use to keep the outdoor animals hydrated–ugh, an ugly situation indeed! I slip my big outside dog chilled water every hour or so…shhh, you did not hear me say that…:)…thank you for the visit!

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      • storybookapothecary says:

        Yeah, I never follow that rule when it comes to my animals. My boyfriend’s mom is a dog breeder and I can’t imagine her following it either. When you have animals, it’s hard to follow that one so I don’t blame you!

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  7. philosophermouseofthehedge says:

    Oh this is so sad. What a lovely creature. During last summer’s extreme heat/drought people in large farms and small lost chickens – misters and fans can just do so much.
    She did enrich the world – more than just any old chicken.

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    • Sunshine says:

      Like the one rooster that walks around over here, I just follow his example and get up every morning, crow (him, too profusely) and go about a new day with new adventures. (him, discovering a big insect collection.) life goes on…and I thank you, Philo mouse for the comforting words…peace be with you.

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    • Sunshine says:

      It was hard to see her lifeless, Cafe, but maybe better now since she no longer has to deal with this dratted heat wave.
      Thanks, I appreciate your visit and kind words of sympathy…see ya

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  8. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin says:

    It is so sad loseing an animal you have named…because then they become a pet…a part of the family…We’ve had a similar situation of a pretty Husky Momma after giving birth to 8 puppies…Lila was the neighbor’s dog…but, we talked …Lila and me…most every day over the fence…SOOO hot and her babies needing a lot of nourishment from her…Dehydration…I guess you could say she gave it all for her little family…Anyway…feeling your loss…~mkg

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    • Sunshine says:

      Oh, no, how very, very sad about Lila, Marilyn…Huskies are such beautiful dogs but high heat must be tough on them. I want to ask, how did she not have enough water? I am hoping you do not say from pure neglect then that would be very sad and senseless indeed.
      I bet the little ones are cute as can be!
      Thanks for sharing and hey, it is the weekend!! Yay!!
      Have a good one, ya hear! 🙂

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  9. suburbanclairvoyant says:

    Hi Sunshine,
    Thanks for adding my story about Lydia to your related articles list. 🙂 Of course I know how you feel, I’m sorry to hear about your sweet Roxy. The part about her rooster companion really got me. One thing I did the other day which you may consider is this – it was really hot and I had a refridgerated half a small watermelon leftover in the fridge that my son had eaten most of, but still leaving quite a bit of pink bits around the sides and in the bottom. Since it was cool I thought why not, and put it out there for them to eat, placing it in a shady spot. They went crazy for it and ate it all the way down to the green rind, it almost looked like an oversized egg shell when my husband brought it in to show me…I think I’m going to start doing that on the hotter days to cool them off from the inside out. Another thing I’ve heard of is freezing a 2 liter soda bottle full of water and placing it outside in the shade. Since it’s frozen solid it takes a while to melt, and they can sit against it to cool down. A friend with rabbits told me about that. Anyway, just some ideas. 🙂 from one chicken friend to another!

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    • Sunshine says:

      Oh, you have some wonderful ‘cool’ ideas for the chickens and I may even do the frozen bottle thing for my Great Pyrenees dog who is also suffering greatly with this big heat wave! Your Lydia looked like a sweet hen…hens are so wonderful to have around, each of them with their own character.

      Okay, I am off to get some watermelon and throw chilled rinds around the place…Thank you so much! 🙂

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  10. mj monaghan says:

    Sorry to hear about Roxy. It’s too easy to get attached to any living thing isn’t it? It’s why I don’t really enjoy owning pets. Their time always comes and usually my wife takes it the hardest.

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    • Sunshine says:

      I hear you MJ, and much worse if your pet friend spends most of its time indoors with you…thankfully, the hen lived a good distant away–outside!
      I think it would be easier knowing something passes due to natural causes rather than mysteriously…you always wonder, could one have prevented the loss if…well, you know how crazy that ‘only if’ thinking goes…
      hey, glad you stopped in from your busy schedule 🙂 see ya!

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  11. munchow says:

    I am sorry to read that the heat took your Roxy. I understand you sentiment about maybe not getting attached, because it could later break you heart. But then again, isn’t it better to have loved – and lose that love, than never have loved? It would make life very empty if we wouldn’t dare to get attached. I think. But I certainly feel with you. Poor Roxy.

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    • Sunshine says:

      Your words are so true, Otto, it is better to have loved than live without ever feeling the pain and loss we sometimes have to endure. It’s just so ‘ouchie’ when the time comes–but, we manage and life goes on…thank you for your kind words and support. I appreciate it. 🙂 See ya.

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    • Sunshine says:

      Island T., your kind support is enough (thank you) and many people I know are currently keeping close tabs to their poultry, well actually all outdoor animals (and people) during this intense heat wave. Time heals…blessings to you and your family. 🙂

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