Merry who was named as she was always quite merry and chatty, she always wanted to "talk" when people were around.

However, she was one of the less fortunate hens as she only made it to 6 months old.

One day, when the gate to the pen was opened up for some roaming around the garden, she came charging across the pen with the rest of the flock, to reach the gate to the garden. However, whilst crossing the pen, she literally fell flat on her face and after the usual chicken death throws of about 10-15 seconds was stone dead.

She had suffered a chicken heart attack, which is apparently not uncommon. Her friend Pippin, who she spent most of her time with, was completely lost for several months afterwards.