I loved a flightless bird.

Rathnashikamani By Rathnashikamani, 9th Apr 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/z8tlh93u/
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This is a story of a hen which lived with us for about five years when I was living with my parents in my Village called Choutkur in Medak District of Andhra Pradesh, India.

My heart was heavy and I feel it now.

I loved a hen, in my childhood when I was living in a village with my parents.

It was rescued by my mother when it, as a newborn chick, was being carried away by an eagle. The eagle was flying over across our confined front-yard, when my mother screamed and shouted by waving her hands up in the sky to scare the eagle, and the eagle just dropped the chick down. It was so pretty and we loved it. It was not known where from it was caught by the predator. No neighbor could claim it.

Then my mother nurtured it carefully, as it grew to be a huge hen. It gave eggs and eggs and chicks and chicks, that we ate as they grew and multiplied. Our guests were happy, whenever my mother cooked the chickens.

This mother-bird always guarded its chicks under its huge wings from the predating eagle soaring stealthily to strike them from an angle. It even dared to chase the eagle to a distance of its flight when it attempted to strike looming downwards and flying off in a parabola. It was so skillful and lovable to see how it safeguarded the chicks from the eagle or a cat.

Ha! And at last after almost five years of its living with us, it died of aging and having lost its immunity.

With tearful eyes, my mother buried it in front of our home, though I did not evince much attachment, but my heart was heavy and I feel it now.

I am a vegetarian now. May be its a tribute to the birds and animals that feed the world.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
9th Apr 2011 (#)

Since my wife and I moved to the country we got some free range hens for eggs, we never had a rooster so never got chicks.
I find it hard to eat chicken as a result of keeping them. Hens are pretty neat pets really.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
9th Apr 2011 (#)

Mark,
I thank you for moderating this page. While submitting this page I was expecting you'd definitely reflect about the chickens., and you did it.

I thought of submitting this piece after reading seeing the three fat hens on your page "What Foods can be Fed to Pet Chickens".

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author avatar Jerry Walch
9th Apr 2011 (#)

Very moving. I have never become that attached to any bird but I can certainly see how it could happen. I mean, I once had an unaltered skunk for a pet.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
13th Apr 2011 (#)

I think it just happens naturally when you grow a pet with such a care that you end up lamenting for its departure all on a sudden.

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author avatar Retired
9th Apr 2011 (#)

Nice story! I've been veg since 16 years old. Glad you are, too.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
13th Apr 2011 (#)

Rama Devi,
My wife married me on a condition that I follow vegetarianism. I was not forced though, as I was already vegetarian for most of my earlier times.

Now, I don't know why I won't even eat eggs. I feel the life in the shells of eggs.

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author avatar joan marie
9th Apr 2011 (#)

I commune a lot with different domestic and wildlife.
There is an attachment whether we admit it or not. jm

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
13th Apr 2011 (#)

jm,
You're right. We're more attached to them when we interact closely.

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author avatar sicktowrite
10th Apr 2011 (#)

THIS IS SO NICE ARTICLE.I ENJOYED IT .KEEP IT UP

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
13th Apr 2011 (#)

Thanks for the kind words, stw!

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author avatar Songbird B
10th Apr 2011 (#)

Lovely story my friend! Our neighbour has two bantam chickens that spend more time in our garden than they did in his! They really do have characters of their own, lol... Great share...

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
13th Apr 2011 (#)

Songbird,
They are more attached to you, it seems.
Thank you for stopping by.

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author avatar Retired
10th Apr 2011 (#)

Very well written. Thanks!

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author avatar Delicia Powers
11th Apr 2011 (#)

Lovely..:0)

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
13th Apr 2011 (#)

Mike & Delicia Powers,
Thanks for the appreciation.

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author avatar dlist
12th Apr 2011 (#)

but chicken is still mass produce to be kill because most people don't think about kill chiken anymore just eat without thought anything

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
13th Apr 2011 (#)

dlist,
As long as one doesn't develop hesitation, chicken are the food to us.

If everyone turns to vegan appetite, the globe may suffer more global warNings.

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author avatar Maria Malone
13th Apr 2011 (#)

So well written and a moving story.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
13th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you Maria Malone.

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