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Confused by my chickens death

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When I got my first two chickens last fall I began reading and taking notes like a crazy person. I did everything right or so I thought. My chicken Ike died yesterday. I've been trying to find a similar story of what I saw but I cant. I'm posting this because I welcome any Insight. First of all she laid her egg the day before yesterday and seemed fine. About a half hour later I noticed blood on her. She had a prolapse.i put her in a large cat carrier and prepared a bath. When I took her out of the carrier the prolapse had retracted as if nothing had happened. I bathed her anyway and cleaned her up and tried the prep h method and neosporin just to make sure. I isolated her and let her rest. I only had the two chickens so I let her go in with her sister to sleep. Everything went fine. The next morning there was no sign of prolapse and she showed no signs of distress or any change at all. I know prey animals hide their weaknesses but I spend a lot of time with my animals and am very aware of how they act. I saw nothing out of the ordinary before or after the prolapse. Since she was doing well I let her out into the run with her sister. All day everything looked great. I was really hopeful. Then she laid her egg. Even that seemed fine. I saw her do it. She got up and went to eat. No prolapse. About a half hour after that it was back and I can say that I had looked at many many pics on line of vent prolapse. NONE of them looked anything like what I saw. I quickly realized this was not something I could fix. I called my uncle who lives two houses down and asked him to come and get her to put her down. I haven't learned how yet but I will when he butchers his meat birds. He came right away but in that two minutes when I had her on the table she began to act like she was having full body muscle contractions. Her head was to her chest and her feet were pushing off my arm and she looked like she was seizing or something. I wrapped her in a towel and carried her out to him. He drove back home with her and put her our of her misery. Later I asked him what he thought. He said he had never seen anything like it and he's had chickens forever. He said by the time he drove back down to his place that she had pushed out some of her other organs too. I feel awful. I know I did the best I could but I also know that I can't understand how this could happen after all the research and worrying I have done over these two chickens. I don't get it. Any ideas? I appreciate anything at this point.
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Don't be so hard on yourself first off.  Secondly sometimes things happen that noone can control.  That is a strange thing as I have been around farm animals most of my life.  But she just had some strange kind of issue that caused it.  Not your fault at all.

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Thanks chickenmanjim. Being a biology major I know you're right. I just get attached to anything that contains carbon lol! Anyway, it does actually help that you said it's strange. It sure was. She probably did have something that snuck up on her. It was just hard to see. Im Thankful the whole thing only lasted a few minutes.
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