Did shock kill her?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Corey NC, Jan 23, 2008.

  1. Corey NC

    Corey NC Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    North Carolina
    I was going down to close up the chickens this evening when I come upon a pile of feathers. First thought is that some how the hen got out and the fox that I've been fighting with since last summer had gotten her. I'm sad but it has happened before and I just have to deal with it. I count heads and close up the coops and head back up to the house.

    On my way up by the basement door I see the hen cowering in the corner under neath the facet. I am elated that she is still alive and impressed that she was able to get away from that fox. She seems fine but pretty shaken I put on the floor to see if she was able to walk. She was able but didn't seem aware of everything around her. I carried her with me to get the kennal and she started to struggle I held her tight and she continued to struggle then she went limp, head fallen and eyes shut, I thought she was dead. Then suddenly agian she started agian to struggle I didn't have any idea what was going on. I got her into a box with shaving and the struggling lessened but she was obviously dieing and within 30 seconds she was dead.

    Do you think that what I thought was general struggling was actually seizures?

    The are what I believe might have happened:

    - The terror of nearly being killed by a fox pushed her into shock

    - Possibly the fox shook her and caused neralogical damage

    I'm really pretty sad cause It's one thing to lose them once but to think that she was alive and then for her to die agian in you hands is pretty depressing.
  2. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    Just wanted to say how sad I am for you Corey.........I can't help ........but :aww
  3. sclanimals

    sclanimals Songster

    May 31, 2007
    Sorry for your loss Corey. You're a good chicky momma for trying to help her. It's never easy to lose a feathered friend.
  4. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Crowing

    Feb 22, 2007
    Morganton, NC
    Sorry Corey.

    Sounds like she was so far into shock that there was no way for her to recover. There is nothing that can be done when this occurs. Most likely what you felt as struggling was seizures as she died. All you can do is hold on and hope she knows that she did not die alone.

    Morganton, NC
  5. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    Sorry, Corey. I would think seizures, too.
  6. Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies

    Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    so sorry corey
    I had a silkie die of fright/shock.
    I know this because even though something was after her for a fee secounds it never acually got ahold of her.
    I think she had a heart atack.

  7. unionwirewoman

    unionwirewoman Songster

    Sep 14, 2007
    Kalispell , MT
    So very sorry , I do know how it feels . It does sound like a seizure or heart attack . At least she died in the arms of someone who loved her .:aww
  8. sheps4her

    sheps4her Songster

    Jan 10, 2008
    Guilford County, NC
    Corey..I am so sorry to hear about your loss. [​IMG]
    I agree with the others that she was probably in her "death throws." It is never easy to lose a beloved pet, but at least you were able to be with her and comfort her when she passed. :aww
  9. Corey NC

    Corey NC Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    North Carolina
    Dang it, I count this morning and I must have miscounted there are two missing. So the fox got one and this hen got away. There is a high possiblility that she was never touched by the fox. [​IMG]
  10. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    It definitely sounds like she was in shock and suffering seizures before she died. I'm very sorry for your loss.

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