Success is not final, failure is not fatal - it is the courage to continue that counts.
- Sir Winston Churchill

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Sad day...

This morning I found Elvis the chicken dead in the coop. :-( I could tell she wasn't quite herself about two days ago and checked her out as best as I could. Her rear end was missing some feathers and had some poop stuck to it. (Sorry for that mental image.) I cleaned her up by soaking her in some Epsom salt water, and sprayed her rear end with blu-kote. As far as I could tell, she was not egg bound. I tried to read up on what else it could be and treated her with olive oil for sour crop and also with vet rx. At first she kept to herself a lot, but yesterday she seemed better and was "out and about" again. She didn't eat a whole lot from what we could tell, but she did drink quite a bit.
I'm so sad that I couldn't help her and I just wish I knew what was wrong with her. Since we are so new to this, any advice would be appreciated. Anything else I could have or should have done?

21 comments:

  1. Oh poor Elvis. I dread the day we lose one of our girls. It was bad enough when we had to re-home what turned out to be a rooster. My daughter is still sad over that a year on. I'm not sure what could have been wrong with Elvis, we have had sick chooks and haven't done nearly as much as you and they have come good, so they couldn't have really been that well afterall. You gave Elvis a beautiful life. RIP Elvis.

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    1. Thank you Ailsa. I thought we were doing things "the right way" and then she got sick... Not sure what we should have done differently...

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  2. I mean our chooks couldn't have been that SICK afterall.

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  3. It sounds like you did all the things to do when you aren't sure what the problem is. Chickens are great pets and producers, but they aren't very hardy. I know it is sad though. All of ours were killed earlier this year and we were all so sad.

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    1. I'm so sorry you lost all of your chickens! That must have been heartbreaking for you all. :-(

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  4. Der arme Elvis.... ! Das Leid der Tiere das sie nicht sagen können was ihnen fehlt.! Traurige Grusse aus dem Eichwasen. L.G Sylvia

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    1. Danke Sylvia. Wenn ich nur wuesste warum sie krank war... Jetzt mache ich mir natuerlich Sorgen um die anderen Huehner....

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  5. I'm so sorry. I too would be heartbroken. I wish I had some words of wisdom...but I know nothing about raising chickens. It sounds as though you did all you could.
    XO

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    1. Thank you Suz. I tried to help and hope I didn't cause more harm than good. Makes you feel helpless and that stinks!

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  6. Anke, I'm so sorry about your chicken. I know you've done everything you could possibly think of. Unfortunately I can't be very much help in this category. How did Nadia take it?

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    1. Nadia took it better than expected - actually so did everybody but me. I bawled my eyes out... :-(

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    2. I can only imagine how you felt. You were probably wondering if there was something else you could have done. These pets become extensions of ourselves...and even though we say we have them for eggs, or meat, they still have a way of working themselves into our hearts. Hugs to you my friend.

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    3. You hit the nail right on the head Dianna! I'm questioning everything I did, and I'm wondering if I did the right things for her. I know it was "only" a chicken, but I was her caretaker and I feel like I failed her. Thanks for the hug, I needed it. :-)

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  7. so so so sorry, I wish I knew something about chickens but I know nothing. I'm sure you did all you could.

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  8. No advice, as we are city people without animals, but hugs all the same. Always a sad day when you lose a dear friend.

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  9. so sorry about that, I have cried over lots of goats in my day and dogs and cats when there is no hope for them, don't know a lot about chickens but there is some medicine that can be added to their water for some problems, don't usually have that many problems with free range chickens, the ones kept confined have more problems from their food and water becoming contaminated from poop.

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    1. Our chickens get to free range several hours per day at least - sometimes they're out all day. I check their food daily and change their water twice a day. I add ACV to their water a few times a week and also a clove or garlic here and there. Have not added medicine to their water though...

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  10. I'm so sorry. We started out with 5 hens and lost one when she was less than a year old. I, too, tried everything that we could think of. I even went to the two feed stores in town and asked their advice. No one there knew either. It just happens and we will never know why. So, we carry on and do our best with the other girls.

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    1. I went to our local feed store, too. Bought the blu-kote and vet rx and talked to the owner about the chicken. He wasn't really sure what it could be either.

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