Backyard Chickens

Rest in Peace, My Beautiful Kimora

Rest in peace, my beautiful Kimora

Our beautiful Barred Rock, Kimora, passed away on March 6, 2017. She was five years old, more than middle-aged by chicken standards, but you couldn’t tell by looking at, interacting with, or hearing her. She was loud and proud, especially after a good egg-laying session, and was as spry as the day we brought her home.

Kimora as a pullet

She was always the first to start laying in the spring and the last to go on hiatus in the fall. She gave us perfectly smooth, large brown eggs almost every day, and even into her fifth year, she still averaged three or four eggs a week. Such an overachiever she was!

Kimora sitting on a clutch of eggs

Kimora was my alpha hen, and she didn’t let her sisters forget it. If mealworms, grasshoppers, or fig beetles were involved, she was always the first in line for treats, or the first to spring into action and catch them out of the air. If one of the other chickens got a hold of them first, she’d run over and snatch the bugs out of their beaks, and swallow them whole before the others could retaliate. Nothing could stand in the way of Kimora and a juicy treat!

Kimora pecking and scratching through the mulch

If we were sifting the compost, clearing out weeds, raking up old mulch, or digging over a garden bed, she was right there alongside, furiously scratching and pecking through the soil. And if she hit the worm jackpot, a happy succession of bok bok boooooks! would ring through the neighborhood to let everyone else know.

But despite her feisty personality and diva-like ways, Kimora was far from selfish. I always felt that she was very protective over her sisters, and led the flock with caution, courage, and pride. I felt that she was the reason Iman survived on that tragic night, as we haven’t seen that raccoon (or any raccoon) in the yard since. And for that, she will always hold an extra special place in our hearts for a strength and bravery that fills us with so much joy and yet so much sadness at the same time.

Kimora and her sisters with a cabbage pinata

Kimora was a very social bird and as soon as she heard the sound of the gate opening, she’d run right up to whoever was there to visit. And I really do mean run — she was the fastest chicken in the flock, and could get quite a bit of air time as well!

One of my fondest memories of Kimora was hanging out in the backyard on the hammocks with a couple of friends. The chickens were milling about, doing what it is that chickens do, when all of a sudden Kimora flew up into my friend’s lap and looked at him matter-of-factly, as if to say, I’m here for my butt scratch! (She always loved a good scratch on her tail feathers.)

Kimora with our lemon harvest

Our dear Kimora, we miss you so much. We hope you’re flying high and free in the heavens with Gisele, enjoying a bottomless buffet of fig beetles, and continuing to watch over Iman and her new flockmates. Thank you for bringing instant smiles to our faces without even trying, and for teaching us so much in the short time you were here with us.

Our beautiful Barred Rock, Kimora

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  • Alan
    March 31, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    Beautiful. I had a chicken. Pass and it always so sad. Glad she lived a long happy life.

  • Cara Smith
    June 18, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    She sounds like my dearly departed barred rock, Misty, who passed a couple of winters ago also at age 5. Beautiful tribute to your dear pet! RIP!

  • Silly Little Sheep
    April 14, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    She was so beautiful and sounds like she was lovely to be around. I hope you will remember the good things. Hugs.

  • Candace
    April 11, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    RIP baby

  • Sunny
    April 11, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    So so sad! RIP sweet girl.

  • Christine Spalango
    April 11, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss of this sweet pet. I’ve followed your chicken stories for some time now and have been inspired by them to have chickens of my own soon. I love this tribute to Kimora and it warms my heart to know she had such a wonderful life with you. <3

  • jeanniebeans
    April 11, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    She sounds like she was a cherished flock and friend – so sorry for your loss.

  • Deb at Counting My Chickens
    April 11, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    So sorry for your loss, Linda. It’s hard to lose a beloved pet. You description of Kimora reminds me of my 5-year-old barred rock, Mabel, who is queen of the coop here and still gives me an egg about every other day.

  • Cary Bradley
    April 11, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    I am so very sorry Linda, for your loss. What a beauty she was. Your flock has inspired and taught me much and I am grateful to you for sharing them. Even the story of your acquisition of them was a fun road trip for me too! What a sweetie she sounds like. Hey, I’ve missed your post about the new additions to the flock. Have you posted about them? 🙂

  • Jen Banks
    April 11, 2017 at 9:15 am

    We know only too well the heart-break of losing a dear feathered-friend too soon. We wish you well, in memory of our beautiful Misty xxx


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