Today my beloved hen, Olive, died today. She'd been unwell for quite some time, but the problem was that not me or anyone in the family knew quite what was wrong with her. She did get to see the vets a few times, but it was not until the final few days I was able to get a clear diagnosis that she had a pendulous crop, probably as a result of an impacted/sour crop.
I am full of despair and hurt that she had to suffer like this. She was showing the symptoms for quite some time but when we found out the crop was in bad shape, the vets emptied 2/3 of her crop and surprisingly that made her worse. Once it was emptied she went from standing up and sleeping, to no energy, eyes always closed, I knew she was gravely ill. When I checked on her today, she was not on her roost and so I decided to see the vets again in order to give her the best chance of recovery. But it was not to be, as she passed away whilst the vet was fully emptying her crop.
All these emotions, I am left with many questions, but not particularly good ones.
As she died at the vets during the emptying of her crop, I wonder what it was that actually killed her? Did she have a heart attack during the crop emptying procedure? Stress? Starvation? I have no idea, but I know it was nothing to do with the vet's incompetency as he'd done these procedures before...
Also, in hindsight, could she have been treated and perhaps recovered to full health again? These questions float around my head and it's really killing me. I have nobody to talk to about this and I miss her very much.
The only thing that reassures me somewhat is that the vet told me her prognosis wasn't very good. Even if he was able to empty her crop, the crop itself may never fully heal and she'd have a re-occurrence even if she had recovered to full health. Yet I am left with grief, despair and regret... even during her final moments I gave her the best possible care, love and attention and yet feel hopelessly helpless, and this is what throws me over the edge.
Enough of my guff, this is my first post on this website. I found it whilst looking for remedies and answers when my hen got ill.. I've found these forums welcoming but I hate to bid my welcome in such an unfashionable way. Either way, thanks for spending the time to read through this, any response is greatly appreciated in helping me to find some sort of closure after such a traumatic day.
Olive June 2013 - February 2016.
Edited by inplacebo - 2/13/16 at 1:36pm