There have been two chickens at Waipoua Lodge for several years – a white Chinese Silkie and a lovely brown and black speckled hen. Regular visitors to take shelter on the deck (often leaving their calling cards!) the chooks were best mates and always hanging out together. Now sadly the little Chinese Silkie has been found doing a vigil next to her friend who had been suffering a bit of a cough a couple of weeks ago and we hadn’t seen her since the heavy rains last weekend. She will be missed not just by her friend, but also by us and of course the guests.