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Betty died on Sunday. What should I do with Lilly now?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by oesdog, Apr 4, 2016.

  1. oesdog

    oesdog Songster

    Jun 7, 2010
    I have had a sick chicken for a while and so parted her out from the others. Betty is always sick in the wintertime with a respiritory infection. She usually gets better once the weather improves but she was an older bird so I put her inside with lilly.
    Lilly has an infection too but hers has gone into her sinouses and no matter what I have done has not improved.

    The two girls were company for eachother Betty helped lilly find the food etc because lilly has got to the stage that she cannot open her eyes at all and to be honest I am not entirely sure now if she has any? Betty passed away on Sunday. I found her dead in the nest. So now there is only lilly in the indoor coop. I have tried to treat her with three courses of antibiotics now plus hand feeding and regular eye washes. But there has been absolutely no improvement in her condition and if anything it has gotten worse as it now does not seem to be draining like it once was down her nose. This has been going on since the end of feb and we are now into April. I think if she was going to get better it would have happened by this stage. I am reluctent to call it quits as she is a young strong bird and lovely Marans. Darn! :( What to do????? Now Betty has passed away she is all alone and I am sure she must be in pain from the massive swelling in her face? When Betty was there it felt right they should be together and helping eachother through but we kind of expected Bet to go because she was sick a few years running and was getting old.

    I feel real bad because nothing I have done has made a difference? I feel I am having to euthanize. - I will then only have 2 birds! My chicken math is suffering!

    We had Betty from a baby chick and she is the last of my original girls "chicks" so end of an eira.
    Should I kill Lilly?

    Last edited: Apr 4, 2016

  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Free Ranging

    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois
    No No No, Don't kill Lilly. Do the best to make her comfortable and if she goes on her own. then it is so.
    Don't play dr. kevorkian.
    Here is my story. My chicken was attacked 10 months ago by a dog. I didn't think she would make it. I took care of her the best I could. She recovered, but is permanently blind. She turned 10 this Easter and is still living. I place her in front of food and water and she eats and drinks. She actually regained her weight to almost regular. When she goes to the other side, it will be natural.
    You will feel much better if your Lilly goes naturally.
    Here is a pix of my Delilah;
    Before the attack.
  3. oesdog

    oesdog Songster

    Jun 7, 2010
    It is not the blindness that is the issue it is the ongoing suffering from the infection that I cannot get under control.
    I can cope well with blindnes my son is blind and I certainly wont put him down! -lol

    I am still struggling with the sinus infection and her face is way swollen. As for the eating that is fantastic at the moment and she gets herself on the roost bar fine. She is ok as long as everything is in the same place. She has worked it out for herself. We were worried that she would not as she seemed to be leaning alot on Betty for guidence. - Actuially hanging onto her side to get tot he feed etc. Now she does it herself. In fact this morning I got a bit of a shock as she has laid her first egg in about 8 weeks! She is still on tylon which is not making any difference at all to her face.

    If anyone can sugest anything ?????

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