Beautiful Annie just died, BJ devastated

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jjthink, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    She was so happy. She wasn't even two years old yet. I got home from work, let she and BJ out, noticed she hadn't laid her egg yet today. A little later I found her under a shrub looking like she was trying to lay (all prior eggs had been perfect). A few minutes later heard a lot of flopping and thud and BJ started screaming. I ran and there she was, upside down and dead, all color drained from her comb. Heart attack I'm gathering. BJ is "crying".

    I must find him a friend right away - he goes downhill very fast without someone to care for. Would rather not do this but maybe I have to call the place where I got Annie because BJ has spent time with all the hens there and there were no disease issues. I don't know how the person I got Annie from will feel about another hen leaving though I will offer any amount of money to compensate her.

    BJ is making terrible sad noises as I type this.

    I just recently finally posted pics of he and Annie on this website and created an avatar with them and as I did said to myself that I hoped I wasn't jinxing them.

    BJ has seen so much loss. [​IMG]

    RIP sweet Annie.

    My mom and Annie - everyone loved her
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2008
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Oh, no!! I'm sorry, Judy. Hard to say what happened, maybe a genetic weakness and the heat was too much for her? Poor BJ does need a lady love to care for. Wish I was closer to you. I'd give you one of my younger girls.
  3. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    That is SO sad! My condolences to you!
  4. FarmerDenise

    FarmerDenise Songster

    Apr 21, 2007
    Sonoma County
    That is so sad.
    People think I'm nuts when I tell them that chickens mourn their dead.
    My sympathy to you and BJ.
  5. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    So very sorry. [​IMG]
  6. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    Thank you Cyn, Carrie, Denise, chickenzoo.
    I knew folks here would understand - I am grateful.

    My heart breaks for Annie - way too short, her life. She had become so happy in the year I was graced with her presence and I grew to love her so. She began as a hen afraid to be touched because she hadn't been touched much at her previous home (they had lots of chickens) but in time and with lots of love, she relished being held and gently stroked.

    She loved to sit in a chair on the deck whenever I or anyone else was there. She just wanted to be with you. She had taken to preening me lately - in a loving gentle way. She even began to sit in my lap, content and feeling at peace. BJ took such beautiful care of her. He built her nests, sat in them for her and then would get up and she would then lay there while he guarded her. He found and fed her wonderful yummies - she wouldn't lay an egg without him by her side, and he never failed her. She was joyful about everything and oh how she loved discovering this or that while digging.

    When I left for work this morning she was on a little bench in their run looking at me, hoping I would let them out. I couldn't wait to get home, to do just just that. They did get to explore for several hours yesterday - there was quite a storm that came out of nowhere and they stayed under an overhang during it and I kept talking to them during it so they wouldn't stress, and put treats near them and she eagerly devoured them so I don't think she was very stressed. They didn;t want to go back to the coop to wait the rain out. She seemed fine when the rain stopped. I was surprised there was no egg this morning, because she laid every other day and this was the day. But I didn't get overly concerned because all her eggs had been perfect and she always seemed a-okay after laying. When I heard the godawful sounds tonight and ran outside BJ was desperately trying to help her, but she was already gone. Then he wailed, a heartwrenching sound. He was still picking up food and calling for Annie but with anxiety and sadness.

    Because I know BJ would go downhill fast without somebody to care for - he has has far too many sad losses and I've watched what happens to him- and his comb was even turning purple after he watched his Annie die just ~2 hours ago, I called the person I had gotten Annie from one year ago. BJ had spent some time with her flock after his Betty died in November 2006 (long story) and there were no disease issues in either direction (nobody got sick). This would be the quickest way to get him a companion. Thankfully she did agree to help, said there have been no changes in her flock, I drove right there and now I find myself with a hen in a cage. Poor stressed hen. Poor stressed BJ. I put Rescue Remedy in both their waters.

    It's dark out now - pray they can both get some sleep. When BJ wakes - if he sleeps at all - and Annie is not by his side in the morning, it's going to be so awful. How much loss can one sensitive being take? And now of course we're going into another heat wave.

    I can't believe this happened.

    So sorry this is so long.

    Edited to add: Cyn, today was fairly comfortable - 89 but not humid, much better than many other days we've had. And they have 4 fans going that they can opt to be near, as well as plenty of water and when I'm home, cold fruits.. I fear it may have been an extra large egg (hers have always been "normal" sized with perfect shells), or somehow she didn't have the muscle strength to push enough. She always had layer food available and oyster shell and enjoyed a wide variety of bug and plant goodies that she found out in nature. Sunflower seeds.... Avia Charge 2000 in the water. I had been so happy that she didn't seem to have Betty's internal laying problem...little did I know she'd have this problem instead. [​IMG] When I saw her under the rhododendron she seemed to be pushing - her back end was kind of pulsing - a few minutes before that she had been walking around with BJ, exploring - so I figured I'd see how she was in a few minutes but a few minutes later she was gone..... [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2008
  7. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Oh My Goddess, Judy! You and poor BJ! [​IMG]
    I'm so sorry for your and his loss! Crud...

    That wailing is heartrending, I've heard it too...
  8. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    So sorry about your girl!

    Hope you find your poor roo a friend soon.
  9. dogzrule5

    dogzrule5 Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    Sanford, NC
    Judy, I'm so sorry for both you and BJ [​IMG]

    I had two special barred rocks as well and lost them a couple of years ago. I bawled my head off. They are such extra sweet hens. :aww
  10. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    I think the new hen will help him. It is so tough losing a chicken that is more pet than livestock. You obviously loved her, as did her roo, and she would be happy to see a new hen there to take care of him as he learns how to take care of her.

    Keep us updated how the new hen works out. What is her breed? Is she another Barred Rock?

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: