Well, not two nights later, I received this email:
Hi Ali I have followed your blog quietly for a little while now and I just read about what happened to your (and your boys) silkie chook, Edna. I know the feeling of losing your animals to something out of your control. I breed silkies - I have nearly 80 black, white and buff ones (only a couple of these). I would like to give your boys a silkie pullet each, maybe a black one and a white one (or two black or two white if you prefer). Silkies are such the perfect chook for kids and so pretty in the garden.
They are currently settling in beautifully with our gorgeous grown up chickens, and tonight will meet our cute little baby leghorns and australorps. We have chickens coming out of our ears now.
I am not very gifted with words, and I would love to have the ability to wax lyrical about M and her kindness and thoughtfulness. I'd love to say marvelous things about her generosity of spirit that led her to offer a gift to a person she had never even spoken to, let alone met. I'd love to write beautiful words about how acts like these gives me great hope and faith in humanity, but I really am not gifted with words, and I'd just end up sounding a bit soppy really.
What I am quite confident of saying though, is thank you.
To M and her husband from Sliprail, a HUGE thank you from Ali, Luka, and Felix. We adore our new little ladies.