Hi all, I'm Sheri, new to BYC forums and new to backyard chickens. I've been reading a lot on the forums and throughout the site and have learned a lot. Thanks to all of you who take time to share your knowledge.
I had a very sad day today as I realized one of my older hens was breathing, gasping, through her mouth. I came here and found some good ideas on clearing her nostrils and made a vet appointment, but when we wrapped her in a towel and put her in a box to take to the vet she suddenly wriggled, stopped breathing and died on the spot. It all just happened so fast. I even tried CPR but she was gone. I feel like a chicken murderer. I'm hoping that at the least I will learn something from this and do better in the future. :-(
Anyway, sadly that's my introduction to BYC. I hope to have better news to share in the future. Thank you all again for the great stories, info, etc. I have three hens left and hope, with your help, to keep them alive and well for a good long time!