Possible dying buff Orpington?
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Edited by huntingirl - 2/14/16 at 7:39pm
I'm so sorry for your loss. It could be a lot of things that caused her death. She may have just been feeling bad, perhaps dying, and got pecked when she was out in the weather. Another scenario is she was eggbound as I said earlier, and could have had a prolapse or not, and was vent pecked. The egg binding itself could have killed her if she had been that way for some time. I would watch for any excessive pecking, make sure they are getting at least 16% protein in their diet, and 20% is okay. Getting outside and having plenty of room in the coop helps to prevent pecking. hopefully, this was an isolated incident, but her is a link to read about vent pecking:
I am rather new to chickens also, but in my 70 years of living, I have had lots of other species which I have loved tremendously. When we got our 4 chickens (Rhode Island Red, 2 BO's, 1 Dominique) it did not take long for us to totally spoil them. Last fall one of the Buffs, became quite ill too, and I thought it was related to being egg bound but she refused to get off her nest, was tremulous, pale comb which shrunk, and was off food and water---plus it seems the other three "sisters" did not want to have anything to do with her and shunned her whenever she got near to them, I really thought she would die. I talked to a long time breeder and she advised a warm bath for relaxation and to help any bound egg or stool to be released, and to keep her warm and dry. It kind of helped for a couple days but she was still ill and off food and water. I (unbeknownst to my Husband), took her to a vet and had an exam where her vent and organs were examined and palpated and she seems to be normal in that respect, but she was severely dehydrated so had injections of fluid and a long acting pain medication.
I took her home, gave her a bath each day lasting about 40 min soak so she would absorb as much water through her skin as possible, and it also relaxed her bowels as she was getting impacted from dry stool, so that released the impaction both in the water and the drying towel and occasionally when I put her in the yard (if sunny) and let her stretch out a bit. Then I kept her in a dark and warm room with food, water and bedding material. (I used a large appliance cardboard box). I also held her a lot when drying ---and have to admit that I did a lot of singing to her while she was soaking in the sink, and it made her eyes heavy and she fell asleep for a lot of the soak.
After a few days, she seemed better and I made her stay in the yard 2-3 hours a day so she could slowly get back her energy and exercise a bit. Since the other chickens picked on her, I had them locked in their pen which they did not like much. They are so spoiled.
Somehow, she managed to get a little bit better each day and after about 3 weeks total, she was back with her flock and now, several months later, she is one of the most spoiled little girls ever---wanting to be held each time I go outside, wanting my husband to did in the garden so she can be the first to scarf up the worms uncovered, and is now laying the largest eggs of all 4 chickens. She hugs and makes the cutest sounds, almost like a purr, when held. She is content to sit on our lap and watch TV for more than an hour, if we have the time to do it. She is now our largest chicken too.
Don't know what she had, or if this is what a professional poultry rancher would do, but this is what I did and it seemed to work.
I had no idea these birds would be so much fun and are so sharp and intelligent. I truly love my 4 chickens.
I have had horses, mules, fish, lots and lots of wild game in Montana, dogs, and had a pedigree cattery for 24 years, plus being a nurse for 30 years, and these chickens are a total blessing to me at this stage of life.