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post #11 of 17
I am so sorry that you lost your sweet girl. It is a sad part of chicken keeping. I hope you can take comfort from all of us here at BYC.
post #12 of 17

Very sorry for your loss.

Married to the old dude, 0 human kids, 1 horses: Zane Grey , 4 cockatiels:  Nutter Butter, Crystal, Kiki, Marco. 2 parakeets:  The Lemon Drop twins.  1 eccentric peacock:  George. 1 pet terrapin:  Mr. Tuttle. And 12 world famous Jersey Giants hens! Also 1 Black Copper Marans Rooster:  Lying Larry.  2 Black Copper Hens:  Moe, and Curly. Blue Copper Marans rooster:  Son of Steele.  Jersey Giant...

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Married to the old dude, 0 human kids, 1 horses: Zane Grey , 4 cockatiels:  Nutter Butter, Crystal, Kiki, Marco. 2 parakeets:  The Lemon Drop twins.  1 eccentric peacock:  George. 1 pet terrapin:  Mr. Tuttle. And 12 world famous Jersey Giants hens! Also 1 Black Copper Marans Rooster:  Lying Larry.  2 Black Copper Hens:  Moe, and Curly. Blue Copper Marans rooster:  Son of Steele.  Jersey Giant...

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post #13 of 17

I'm sorry for your loss. It sounds like she had a wonderful life with you and your DH. You are lucky to have had such a sweet bird. :hugs

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post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by DarkWater1929 View Post
 

Each time I develop a special relationship with one of my chickens, it dies.  I am heartbroken.  Again.  My Q-Tip, the first chick ever hatched here, at home, had a sudden seizure about 15 minutes ago, and died in my arms.  I have not yet told my husband; he loves her so much.  I can't stand to tell him!  Q-Tip was hatched about 8 months ago.  She was the most beautiful, lavender colored, Polish hen I have ever seen.  She was a pet, and came in and out of the house at will.  She was at worst tolerated by dogs, cat, turkeys, cows, sheep and goats alike.  Most humans simply adored her.  She would alight, without warning, on shoulders, heads, laps.... And now she is gone.  No, I cannot afford to have a necropsy done.  I do not have the heart to perform one myself.

 

My Looloo, as I have said here before, was killed by a hawk recently.

 

Mama chicken succumbed to Marek's after a valiant fight that went on for months.  Her mate, Rasta, followed her in the same way about a month later.  They, also, were precious pets more than livestock.

 

We have 30+ healthy, robust, hungry, demanding chickens.  Not one of them has dropped dead, or been killed, unless it was a favorite. ...

 

...

I notice, in reading posts about similar tragedies, that when a chicken dies unexpectedly, it is OFTEN the very favorite.  I wonder why that is?  I begin to feel that the surest way for me to end a chicken's life, is to get too fond of it.  I love Q-Tip.  The idea of putting her into the cold ground has me weak with misery.

 

Thanks for listening.

 

I too am sorry for the pain you are feeling.

 

The reason is likely that those birds aren't particularly vigorous and wary. They, being less robust don't mind being picked up and nuzzled.

 

Chickens are livestock that, if not vigorous, die more frequently than dogs.

If dogs died at the same rate, people wouldn't own many dogs.

 

The key to this is to start with robust stock of predator wary birds. House them with plenty of space, extreme ventilation, fresh food and fresh water. Treat them like chickens with the ability to forage and there will be few deaths.


Edited by ChickenCanoe - 11/23/15 at 1:54pm

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #15 of 17
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Thank you.  Yes, we are building a new coop, with a run that will be large and secure.  I am sure that you are correct.  But, meantime, what to do with these beloved, defective little ones?  I get sad just thinking about it.

 

Thanks again, all.

 

Patience

post #16 of 17
What a beauty. She was gorgeous. Don't beat yourself up over it. These things happen all the time. I think that the reason some chickens are friendlier is because something is wrong with them. So they become more clingy to there caretakers.. I've noticed this across various species. It is just my opinion and has nothing in the way of facts to back it up.
post #17 of 17

Beautiful! And what a joy to have hatched her! I'm so sorry for your loss.

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