Originally Posted by DesertChic
Oh no! I'm so sorry.
You did the best you could for her. Don't second guess yourself. That only leads to a downward spiral of self-doubt. Trust me, I've been there. At least you can take comfort in the fact that she's no longer suffering.
Thank you @DesertChic, @otakalhasas, @Sylvester017. The reason I wonder about causing something is mainly because I don't want to repeat a mistake if I did make one.
This is a vastly different experience than the first two 8 week old chicks I lost. The first disappeared - probably a hawk. The secon was found on it's back on top of the compost heap. At first I suspected my cat, but then realized it was definitely a hawk. The third hawk attack happened when DH was home, and he went charging down to the run and rescued Choti - the light Brahma. She was pretty badly injured, but the vet gave her subcutaneous fluids, and I nursed her back.
The chick that I found on the compost heap was when I lost it. You would have thought that I lost one of my children- which is a gross exaggeration but I cried forever.
This is different. The other day my DH commented that it wasn't the same at the coop because there were so many birds. The original ones were pets, with names and personalities that he knew. Strudel was not that way to him...it is true that a few of the teenagers have no names, so I get it.
Unfortuantely, Choti is one of the seriously ill hens. I will bring her in tonight, along with Buffy. Back on the sofa making sure that they stay hydrated overnight.
Wish me luck - you do learn something from every event whether positive or negative.