GOODBYE OL’ CLEM 2002-2010

Sorry for not posting in a few days, but hadn’t really been in the mood for writing.  Our family has some very sad news to share.

I knew this time would come one day but it sure did come as a shock to all. The matriarch of our homestead and poster chicken for urban homesteading, Miss Clementine, quickly and peacefully passed away in Jordanne’s arms on Friday afternoon at the ripe old age of eight.

Her chickenship was a very happy and healthy chicken to the end,  eating grubs, greens and hanging with her gal friends.

But last week, she wasn’t her normal self.  We noticed she was  slower and not as bossy around the chickens as much.   On Friday afternoon I went into the animal compound and found her in the corner just sitting there.  I knew it wasn’t a good sign and frantically called for Jordanne.   Jordanne brought her into the house, sat on the couch and and held her on her lap.,  stroking and talking to her until her heart slowed and, in a matter of a seconds, stopped.

The first of our city chicken flock,  she was certainly the world’s most famous chicken.  Clementine was featured in countless articles, video pieces, books and even our 2011 “Little Homestead” calendar.

Our fluffy black cochin was not only a beautiful but also a very sweet chicken.  Everyone who met her immediately liked her.   She loved dust baths, grubs, sitting in laps and ruling the roost!

All of us had a good hard cry as she is one of the oldest living critters to have passed away here on the urban homestead. She was a very special chicken to a lot of folks and will be (is) missed.

I still look for her amongst the flock and pains me to see that she’s gone.

Our “Darling Clementine” now lies in the garden, under an apple tree.

You are lost but not gone forever


  1. Renee' Barnes says:

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  2. Chris says:

    Oh Dervaes family, I am so sorry for the loss of beloved Clementine. She was such a beautiful and famous chicken. By the Grace of God, you found Miss Clementine, Anais, and was able to quickly bring her to Jordanne so that she could pass over in the most blessed and peaceful way possible. My heart aches for you all. No other chicken can replace her, but look for Mother Nature to find a way to comfort you all and help you carry on.

  3. Debbie in Alabama says:

    It’s always hard to lose a beloved member of your extended family. Rest assured that she will be remembered by all who have had the pleasure of seeing her grace numerous pictures you have shared over the years. Thank you for sharing her with us.

  4. Nebraska Dave says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your Clementine’s passing. It’s always difficult to say goodbue to our animals when they pass away. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know that each bird and animal on the Dervaes’ Urban Homestead have a special place in your heart. I am sure that Clemintine will be always remembered for her part she played on the homestead. My prayers are that you will only have happy memories of her when you think about her.

    Have the best day you can under the sad circumstances.

  5. Jogesh Yogi says:

    Jordanne and Anais, my condolences for your loss. Clementine led a life of service and sacrifice just for some basic needs in return. She never contributed to any damage to the environment through her living. She lived, loved, and gave. what a sublime life she led! We humans have much to learn.

  6. Nancy R says:

    There are many chickens in this world that can envy the wonderlife you were able to give Clementine. Try to remember the joy she gave you, and that the pain you are feeling now is the unfortunate price you pay for that joy. I am teary-eyed sitting here. My heart is with you. Nancy R

  7. Jill B. says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of Clementine. She was a true inspiration to folks wanting to start an urban flock of their own. My hear goes out to your family.

  8. amy manning says:

    Sorry for your loss. He looks very sweet.

    I thought he was an australorp… I sell hatching eggs through my website if you are interested.

  9. Melina says:

    I’m sorry for your loss. She was certainly a beautiful little lady. I have a young city flock of blue Cochins coming along. I’ll name one Clementine in her honor.

  10. Jeni says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. It is so hard losing a loved one. She was certainly the best poster chicken around! RIP miss Clem you will be forever missed:(

  11. Lori says:

    What a sweet photo. Love is stronger than death.

    Many blessings.

  12. Janice says:

    Dear Anais and Jordanne,
    I’m so sorry for your loss of Clementine. I’ve had the honor of meeting her in person a few times and she was such a lovely girl. I had never touched a chicken until she came along. (yes, uber city-slicker that I am) I’ve raised mocking birds, sparrows and starlings that have fallen from their nests and their feathers were stiff. I was expecting the same stiff feathers but was taken back by Clems softest, silkiest feathers I’d ever come across. I was smitten by her beauty and grace! Eight years is a very good long life for a hen, yet not long enough for those of you who loved her dearly.

    My deepest condolences to you and your family.

  13. Susan says:

    I am heartbroken to read this. I am so sorry for your loss.

  14. Debbie says:

    So sorry to hear about poor Clementine. It’s so sad to see a pet go. We know they don’t live for ever but it still hurts. Take care.

  15. Rose says:

    Farewell Clem.

  16. Amy says:

    So glad you found her when you did and she was with loved ones when she passed. Very sorry for your loss.

  17. Joy Giles says:

    So sorry the loss of your little lady. We recently lost our cat of 15 years. It’s still amazing how they take a part of your heart when you get them and leave with it when they go.

  18. Kimberly says:

    I’m so sorry Jordanne, and to all of you really. I don’t look forward to the day I lose one of the girls. They truly are part of the family. May G-d help your heart to heal.

  19. Jackie says:

    So sorry for your loss of Clementine. At the same time, I’m so happy that she got to live out her chicken-life to the fullest! She was a beautiful girl.

  20. Radhika says:

    Goodbye Queen Clementine. Me and my family feel for you all.
    How wonderful that a chicken can live such a long, happy life, and then to die so peacefully. Millions of chickens worldwide do not get that simple right in life.
    Here’s to Queen Clem and the hope that she pioneered a new way for all chickens, beloved creatures.

  21. Nature Drunk says:

    Although I just found your blog and don’t know much about you yet, your loss still hits home. I feel for you all during this difficult time and am sending positive thoughts your way. Blessings.

  22. Ellen Bremer says:

    I’m so sorry, it is always so sad when a much loved pet dies. My pets (dog, cats and chickens) are like children to me, they’re so much part of every day life.
    You all will be in my prayers.

  23. Rhonda says:

    I’ve never cried for a chicken before, but that’s exactly what I did. My two little girls and I just sat here and had a little cry. One of them pulled your “Little Homestead in the City” postcard off the refrigerator and said, “look there she is! At least we still have this!”

    Who’s Jordanne going to hold for photo shoots now? It seems like every time I see her, she’s holding Miss Clementine. 🙂

    Take care Dervaes’s! XOXO

  24. Lynn Bay says:

    You enriched each others lives! Prayers to you. Our friends come in all kinds of shapes and sizes.

  25. Alma says:

    I’m very sorry for your loss, our animals are our extended family and is hard to say goodbye. Your memories of Clementine will stay wity your family forever.

    • Anais says:

      @Alma: Thanks, appreciate your sympathy.

  26. Vickie says:

    I am so sorry to learn of Clementine’s passage. She was (still is) a beautiful and well loved hen – I always enjoyed looking at her photos and hearing of her antics! I especially love to look at the banner with her proudly proclaming your website! I lost my dear pullet, Rosemary, 7 months ago and know the pain your family is going through now. Rest easy as she knows that your family loved and cared for her and her pals well and one day, will all be brought together again. Your family are in my prayers for peace and comfort.

    • Anais says:

      @Vickie: Thank you for your kind words, do so appreciate it. She was a very special chicken and will also have a special place in our hearts

  27. Brandy says:

    I just read this and am so sorry for your loss. It hurts so much to lose one of our beloved animals but the unconditional love they share enriches our lives so much, what would life be without them.

  28. Jim says:

    I feel your sorrow over the loss of Miss Clementine. I have five chickens (as well as three dogs) and would be deeply hurt over the loss of any of them. I am so happy she was able to pass in the loving arms of her family, being petted, stroked and loved.

  29. Jim says:

    I feel your loss deeply. I have a small flock of chickens (and three dogs) and am very attached to all of them. I would be deeply sorrowful over the loss of any of them. It is so wonderful that Miss Clementine was able to be held by loving arms while being petted and gently stroked by her caretaker. How wonderful that her passing was so peaceful. Just remember, love never dies.

  30. Jeph Cater says:

    I feel for you and your family, no matter what animal it is big or small you just have to be devestated when you lose one. i remember my hamster he was old five years, one day i was in another room and i heard him running on his wheel. five minutes later i went in and he was there dead by the wheel. i cried my self to sleep that night and the next day he was buried in a golden box on the edge of the forest at my cottage.
    I hope you and your family still rememebr her and praise her for everything that she brought you, 😀

    -Best Wishes,

  31. Grizzly Bear Mom says:

    We had a old hen too. When all the other chickens had died, Dad brought her in the family room to be a house pet. Mom asked the vet “how long does a chicken live?” He said 3-4 years. Mom replied “She’s 12 years old!” Miss Pennyfeaters survived a stroke and losing the use of her feet and would push herself around on her wings. Eventually she learned to walk again. Dad would sit her on one knee and Copycat on the other and the three would watch tv together. The winter Dad got sick Copycat and Miss Pennyfeathers died but it was too cold to bury them. We wrapped them up and put them in the freezer waiting for the thaw. That Easter I buried the two together. Dad died the following week. I thought about digging them up to bury the three together so Dad would have some company in the hereafter, but didn’t think I would be able to sneak the “the Weekend at Bernie’s Bag” into the funeral parlor. They are in the back pasture and Dad is at the veteran’s cemetary alone for now.

    • Anais says:

      @Grizzly Bear Mom: Oh, what a truly touching and extraordinary chicken story. Brought tears of sorrow and joy to my eyes… even a smile. 😉 Critters are truly amazing creatures, they are God’s gift here on earth.

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