Luke Combs and Nicole Hocking Mourn the Loss of Their Favorite Chicken

Luke Combs and his fiancée Nicole Hocking had to say goodbye to one of their beloved pets this past week….


Lauren Jo Black

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June 15, 2020


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Luke Combs and his fiancée Nicole Hocking had to say goodbye to one of their beloved pets this past week.

Hocking took to Instagram on Sunday (June 14) to let fans know that her favorite chicken, Agatha, had sadly passed away after a raccoon snuck into the coop.

“I know a lot of people ask about our chickens & I talk about Agatha a lot, so it pains me to say that my bestie Agatha passed away this week,” Hocking wrote. “Unfortunately, a predator somehow got through our super secure coop area. Thankfully, it only got one chicken but it’s extremely sad because she was the sweetest, sassiest chicken ever. I’ll miss letting her out every morning.

She closed her post with a message to the sneaky beast.

“Anyways, I’m headed home. See ya soon mr raccoon… ya messed with the wrong coop this time,” Hocking warned.

Combs and Hocking added the chickens to their brood during the early stages of quarantine. The superstar revealed the news in an interview with Rolling Stone, revealing that he was “living the redneck dream” while at home off the road.

“We got chickens now, so we go out every morning and let them out and put them up at night. We planted a garden. We make coffee in the morning and cook every meal. A simple existence is something I enjoy — and just finding joy in the quiet. I don’t have any neighbors here that I can even see from my house, so I can hunt right here, ride ATVs, go look for morel mushrooms in the woods. I’m just living the redneck dream out here right now,” the reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year told the publication.

Now that social distancing restrictions have easied a bit, the couple jetted out of town to enjoy a little fishing trip with friends.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.