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Should we end it for Aggy or let it happen naturally thoughts please?

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Aggy has been ill since about June. But the last two weeks we have seen her go down hill pretty fast. We know it is simply because poor agnes is just old and so there is little we can do but wait. Today we started to ask the question is she lingering too long? I have to lift her about now as she cannot move alone and she has not eaten at all today. What to do? I don;t really want DH to break her neck and he doesn't either as she is ssuch a beautiful gentle wee woman. But are we causeing her suffering????

 

OMG - my poor wee woman is still here. DH says she is like one of those dear old ladies in the family that keep on going and going and in the end you just hope they pop their clogs so you can get on with your life because you just know it is inevitable!

I can;t believe she is still here and I so wanted it all to go quicker for her. We are lucky right now as we are having a bit of an Indian summer so it gets warm in the afternoon. She is out on the patio in the sun but she has not eaten or drank since this time yesterday and she has not moved since I put her down. She just wakes up occationally and then nodds off again.

 

She has been steadily getting weaker from day to day. I have been trying my best to help her and ease it all a bit. She can't walk about today but yesterday she walked herself to the water and took some and she did eat some meal worms and some saltanas which are her favourite. She did try some egg and yogurt but couldn.t manage it. The day before she did eat some of that and some bread which I have soaked in antibiotic water but today she has not eaten at all. I know her kidneys have failed because her little eyes have gone yellow now. So her internal organs are closing down. She is out in the sun but she hardly lifts her head today but I know she can hear her friends about her. Yesterday she was much more mobile and ate a bit and before I put her to bed we played her favourite game of pretend flying. I got a lovely squeal from her so I know she enjoyed it.

 

It is taking so long for her to go. I was hoping last week, yesterday and now I am hoping today? The big question is should we end it for her or just let nature take its course? She can;t last much longer can she? It is hprrible when they linger human or animal! She is gasping a bit so I am hoping..... The others have been wonderful and none have hurt her. They actually defend her and cuddle up to her. Which is so nice. Today I have thought they were more distant though and I think they know it is soon.

 

Oes :hit 

Oesdog -  Blessed are the cross-eyed for they shell inherit twice as much!                                        
Gladly the cross-eyed bear!  - The teddy bear hymn?
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Oesdog -  Blessed are the cross-eyed for they shell inherit twice as much!                                        
Gladly the cross-eyed bear!  - The teddy bear hymn?
2 hens,1 little dog, 1 BIG DOG, 1 cat, 1 Rabbit, 1 DH.

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post #2 of 8

Aw, sorry about your Aggy. :hugs It sounds like she's pretty close if she's not eating or drinking. If I were you, I would leave her be unless she seems in distress. If she seemed in distress I would probably help her along. 

Take care.

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NO distress. She is just so quiet and calm. She still opens her eyes a bit but nothing else now. I think it might be today. I hope she doesn;t have another night. It is getting cold here at night. I have put her in her own pen in the shed to eat supper - last night she didn;t eat but I lift her before I put the coop door down and I put her in with the other girls who have been litterally sitting on her and keeping her warm. They have been really good to her. None have ever hurt her and even now If I open the back door too fast three or four of then shoot to Aggys side. - Want to cry I love her she is so lovely a bird.

 

Oes

Oesdog -  Blessed are the cross-eyed for they shell inherit twice as much!                                        
Gladly the cross-eyed bear!  - The teddy bear hymn?
2 hens,1 little dog, 1 BIG DOG, 1 cat, 1 Rabbit, 1 DH.

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Oesdog -  Blessed are the cross-eyed for they shell inherit twice as much!                                        
Gladly the cross-eyed bear!  - The teddy bear hymn?
2 hens,1 little dog, 1 BIG DOG, 1 cat, 1 Rabbit, 1 DH.

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post #4 of 8

Oh Poor thing!  How sweet the others are protecting her.  I can't tell you what to do.  I'm a sucker for my pets (don't tell my husband I called the chickens "pets").

 

Let us know how Aggy is doing.  I hope whatever happens, she isn't suffering.

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RSL, Buffs, RIR, Amber Rocks and GLWs. Three turkeys getting ready for Thanksgiving.  One GLW Rooster crowing over them all.
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post #5 of 8

Oh how sad.  I don't think I could do it.  I have become such a softy.  Ultimately will be something you have to decide,but will be thinking about you.

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Thats the thing I am not sure if she is or not. I put some yogurt egg and mealworms out and some saltanas for her and she just picked at it maybe ate a tiny spoonfull at most then fell asleep in her dinner bowl! I took it away and let her friends back out with her. She is still in virtually the same place she was when I put her there a few hours ago but warmed in the sun. Dh thinks we may be being cruel leaving her but I don;t want to kill her either. I keep hoping she will just GO> and that sounds real bad. But I know she wont get better.

 

I will not give her food back tonight as she didn;t eat last night. I maybe will just put her to bed with the others and hope she dies in the night? I hoped that for the last fortnight. She is still hanging on. I love her and this is such an awful process to watch and wait. - We had no choice but to put down the veloceraptor a few months back because she had a real bad prolapse and we knew we couldn;t fix it. If she was a bidable bird we might have had a chance but it was the meanest hen ever - gosh I still cried! So can you imagine what I would be like if my beautiful Aggy had to have her neck stretched? I hope it doesn;t come to that!!!!!!! Please pray it is soon for her. Nearly put her name forward for prayer in the church -lol nearly told them she was an elderly friend! Well they wouldn;t know she is a chicken!

 

Oes


Edited by oesdog - 10/2/15 at 9:05am

Oesdog -  Blessed are the cross-eyed for they shell inherit twice as much!                                        
Gladly the cross-eyed bear!  - The teddy bear hymn?
2 hens,1 little dog, 1 BIG DOG, 1 cat, 1 Rabbit, 1 DH.

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Oesdog -  Blessed are the cross-eyed for they shell inherit twice as much!                                        
Gladly the cross-eyed bear!  - The teddy bear hymn?
2 hens,1 little dog, 1 BIG DOG, 1 cat, 1 Rabbit, 1 DH.

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post #7 of 8

Well I surely understand.  I lost my Bull Mastif not long ago someone poisoned him and then my puppy was hit by a car.  Our fur and feathered babies can really touch our hearts.  Will be praying for ya.

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I decided to put her in the shed with the blanket over her box to keep her warm and she was eating this evening but only little bits so that is why I left her on her own in the shed as at least she can do it at her own pace and not have it all taken by the others. They are nice to her "but not that nice!" We will see what happens in the night and if she is any stronger tomorrow. A night without being sat on my even help her a bit though she will doubtless be cold. I put lots of straw in and covered her box up with a thick rug.

 

Oes :hit

Oesdog -  Blessed are the cross-eyed for they shell inherit twice as much!                                        
Gladly the cross-eyed bear!  - The teddy bear hymn?
2 hens,1 little dog, 1 BIG DOG, 1 cat, 1 Rabbit, 1 DH.

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Oesdog -  Blessed are the cross-eyed for they shell inherit twice as much!                                        
Gladly the cross-eyed bear!  - The teddy bear hymn?
2 hens,1 little dog, 1 BIG DOG, 1 cat, 1 Rabbit, 1 DH.

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