RIP Yellow Legs Garcia: Beloved Sister, Entertainer, Friend

ylAPRIL 21, 2016  Yellow Legs “Cuddles” Garcia was laid to rest today in a shady enclave in the back yard she called home for the past three years. Yellow Legs died shortly after being admitted to a veterinary hospital for weight loss and an indeterminate abdominal issue. Having been diagnosed with what could have been any number of reproductive ailments that likely developed over several weeks, the prognoses for which were universally dire, the difficult decision for euthanasia was made. Yellow Legs passed away peacefully in the company of a compassionate vet and her assistant, with her head resting in her caretaker’s hands. She is survived by her sister, White Legs “Jumpy” Garcia, and her blind coop-mate, Rufina, for whom she had recently developed an almost affectionate tolerance.

Yellow Legs was born in 2013 in an anonymous hatchery along with thousands of other chicks. Hours after hatching, she was placed on a conveyor belt where she was sorted according to size, sex and stamina, treated with antibiotics, and dispatched within 48 hours via Fed Ex to a local feed store. From there, she was adopted into the Bruzzese family where she remained until her death.

Although Yellow Legs never knew her parents, she nonetheless developed into a well-adjusted, if sickly, backyard hen. In her youth, she was known for steady egg laying, adventurousness, and an insatiable curiosity that motivated her to traverse all manner of fencing in order to dig through garden beds, often destroying the drip system in the process. That trait, coupled with her progressively delicate constitution requiring three expensive trips to the vet during her short life, caused her caretaker to lay her own sanity open to question on more than one occasion.

Yellow Legs’ favorite leisure activities included sunning herself in forbidden areas of the yard, dirt bathing, and hiding her head while she sat in her caretaker’s lap.  Her professional career began with a film debut in 2014’s The Contest, a performance central to the blog post, delighting “winner” and “loser” readers alike.

Yellow Legs enjoyed almost everything in life. Her presence will be missed and her death honored as one lucky hen among thousands whose brief and miserable lives will end today in slaughter houses, without ceremony, care, or compassion, never having had the opportunity to live as chickens or even touch their feet to the ground. Rest in peace, Cuddly.

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11 thoughts on “RIP Yellow Legs Garcia: Beloved Sister, Entertainer, Friend

  1. A toast to Yellow Legs. I hope she can fly like Jonathan Livingston Seagull in Chicken Heaven.

    L, you can let Rufina know her photo is now mounted in beautiful, thick, distressed wood frame and on the wall. She looks wonderful!

    • Aw, thank you John. I should send you some toasting tumblers… a new project I’m working on 😉
      Thank you also for honoring the photo of Rufina the way you have. Makes me so happy to know that her life & legacy continue in the hearts of other caring people. Stories really can affect change, which is perhaps one of the reasons people like you and me are drawn to the blogosphere. xox

  2. RIP Yellow Legs Garcia.
    You and Rufina and Jumpy Legs have given us all a deeper appreciation of the chicken psyche. Your short life touched us all.
    No more Southern Fried Chicken for this grandmother. Thank you, Yellow Legs, ie. Cuddly Garcia, Pray for me as I address my next obstacle: Vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

    • Oh, I know that’s a big step for you, Donna Bruzzese. You might have to go 1/2 and 1/2 for a while? Either way, thanks for your comment and participating in the (ongoing) chicken story.

  3. So sorry to hear of Yellow Legs’ passing – her life enriched ours, and your care enriched hers. She was one lucky duck (er, hen)!

    • Thanks, Maggi. I didn’t realize that the last time I blogged, many months ago, it was about her. Since she had recovered from that, I really didn’t expect her to be making an appearance here again so soon 😦

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