R.I.P. Fat Boy

I was most upset when I arrived at the farm yesterday morning as Fat Boy, our Buff Orpington cockerel, had died in the night.

Fat Boy and Buffy - 4 January 2009

Fat Boy and Buffy - 4 January 2009

I don’t know why or what happened, but there he was, not a mark on him, eyes closed tight.

Poor old Fat Boy, he really was lovely: a gentle giant who didn’t have a nasty bone in his body. He never really got over the fight he had with Nemo and just hadn’t been himself. Whether that contributed to his death, I don’t know.

Fat Boy - 19 February 2009

Fat Boy - 19 February 2009

What I do know is that Fat Boy was a real gem, a treasure. Our first cockerel, Archie, took it upon himself to die just a couple of weeks after we got him. Ironic, as he was a “properly bred” chicken, but all the hens were ex-batts who would probably still be chugging along now, had it not been for the fox. Anyway, we replaced Archie with a beautiful Light Sussex cockerel, Derek. Who turned out to be Evil. So we sold him (plans to put him in the pot were scuppered when it was pointed out that someone would have to get close enough to Do The Deed). And then there was Fat Boy (and Slim, but the fox got him as well), and what a contrast. I never once saw him peck anything. He even seemed to be gentle with the corn, breadcrumbs and grapes he loved so much.

Fat Boy tucks into some breakfast breadcrumbs

Fat Boy tucks into some breakfast breadcrumbs

Adieu, Fat Boy. I shall miss you and your giant feet.

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10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by thegardensmallholder on 29 March 2009 at 9:00 am

    Oh Jo, what a shock that must have been for you, im so sorry. RIP Fat Boy, he was a lovely looking boy xx

  2. Sorry to hear that he seemed to be a special character. From what you say though he never got over the fight that probably had a lot to do with it.

  3. Poor Fat Boy. So sad for you to have that to greet you. But at least while here with you he lived in cockeral heaven.

    Margaret

  4. Poor you ..what a shock to find first thing. He does look lovely.

    Looking at the last two photos compared to the first, his comb looks slightly darker,purple.This is common in birds with heart problems/failure do you think it may have been that? They can live years with the problem,some times not.If it was, it was a gentle way to go for a bird that sounds as though he was a gentle giant.

  5. Posted by suzy2110 on 29 March 2009 at 1:57 pm

    😦 I’m so sorry, Jo! 😦

  6. Posted by welshpurpletree on 29 March 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Aww poor Fat Boy, and poor you. At least it seems he passed away peacefully. How old was he? Do you still have a cockerel now? (I keep losing track)

  7. Thanks everyone, your comments are much appreciated.

    Sandra, the change in colour of his comb was a result of the fight he had with his son on 13 Feb – who essentially beat the crap out of him. He became a risotto though, which is ironic as we could have kept him on after all. Ah well, these things happen.

    WPT, we’ve got two bantam cockerels, John Wayne and Captain Flint, plus a youngster from the November chicks, a bantam x Silkie. He is quite handsome, if anyone’s after a young, healthy and good looking cockerel…?!

  8. Oh I AM sorry…poor old Fat Boy..

    😦

    would you like a Silver Dorking Cockerel? I have one going NOW……

    🙂

  9. Oh I AM sorry…poor old Fat Boy..

    😦

    would you like a Silver Dorking Cockerel? I have one going NOW……

    🙂

  10. Hmmmmmmm…….. how well would he mix with Buff Orpington hens? Ideally, we’d like to produce good laying hens, with the cockerels making decent table birds. And would you like a bantam x silkie cockerel in return? 😉

    Seriously, if you know anyone who would like him, do say. Not to mention his bantam x silkie ad pure bantam sisters…

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