Miss Prissy joins big chook pen in the sky

By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au

TALK about an old chook! Two years ago this month The Observer introduced readers to silky bantam that had clucked up 22 years ? equivalent to about 160 years in human terms.

The story raised much inter-est, even if most of it was tinged with some scorn.

The fact is, Miss Prissy's story raised quite a bit of interest, enough to inspire a couple of other poultry (not to say paltry) related stories.

The big chook eggs stories in more recent editions of The Observer also had people talking ? but neither captured the readers' interest as much as Miss Prissy did.

Yesterday we sadly learned that Miss Prissy had crossed over to the big chook pen in the sky on Good Friday aged 24.

Her owner, Brenda Porcu, said the bantam was productive almost right to the end, laying one egg each day.

"We were expecting her to die, of course, but it was still a bit sad when she passed away,'' she said.

"She went away happy and dies suddenly while scratching for grubs in her favourite patch in the garden.''

However, Miss Prissy still survives in her offspring because, Brenda said, she had hatched many batches of her own chickens.

She said Miss Prissy has been buried under the tree where she had happily scratched for many years. Vale Miss Prissy.



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