Dear Karen & UPC, I remember the first time I called you to ask what I should do with the little hen I found left in a cardboard box to
die. You highly encouraged me to keep her myself rather than give her to another home or a sanctuary. I am so grateful for your support and
encouragement. I want to say something about this sweet and brave hen whom I named “2blindy,” and affectionately nicknamed
She passed away on April 7, 2012 after making it through surgery. She spoke one word when she woke up, and then she left. She lived to be just
over five years old.
She was blind but not incapacitated. She learned to follow me and would wait silently, cocking her head to listen. She learned the meaning of
2blindy loved tomatoes but her favorite food was watermelon. She loved being sung to, and sometimes she’d get super spunky in her food
dish, scratching the seeds and grains all over the place – a “nice mess” ‘cause that’s what chickens do. She was
my meditation partner, my lap warmer and my loving companion. She had two songs written about her and at least two blogs, and she was made
famous in the 2010 Chicken Run Rescue Calendar in the August photo of her standing at the entrance of her “Taos House.”
I loved watching her dustbathe, the way she’d roll her head and flap the dirt all under her feathers to clean and refresh herself. She
especially loved it when someone watched and talked to her while she bathed, at which point she would purr long and hard, like she was proud of
I remember the first egg she laid after I rescued her. Several months after she came home with me, before I woke up for the day, she laid an
egg right at my bedroom doorway.
One of the things she sought comfort in was being in my arms or on my lap. My partner Sean Meister and I built her an adobe shelter – her
Taos House – so she would have two places to enjoy as she pleased. 2blindy knew that we loved her and she reciprocated our love. I would
often say to Sean, “She loves love.”
Carrie Thompson, El Prado, New Mexico, May 4, 2012.
Today is International Respect for Chickens Day. We remember and pay tribute to all of the chickens on the earth. We work for the day when
they will be free from human cruelty and living happily. www.upc-online.org/respect.