As the title suggests, this is not going to be a happy thread. For future readers, it's the beginning of December. I will start with the current situation that my Dominiquer is facing, as a need moral help (strength) right now. I'll them move into the lengthier background story with the medical/diagnosis information in case others are dealing with abdominal adhesions and similar situations with their beloved chickens. THE CURRENT SITUATION: After seeing a vet, and a week of antibiotics and anti-inflammitories, and over two weeks of tube feeding, and a week if hand feeding prior to that, both the vet and I believe Phineas's illness is terminal. Most likely an abdominal adhesion that is likely to tighten further, and which is already causing her visible pain. The pain is likely what has taken away her appetite and any desire to eat or drink. The pain is also evident when she: 1)tries to clean herself and can't bend over, turn/twist around, 2) walk quickly, 3) whenever she poos. She spends almost all her time standing still with her eyes closed. There is no cure for an abdominal adhesion - surgery can be used to remove adhesions, but are discouraged (in people/humans as well) as the scar tissue/adhesions are usually stronger than the tissues they adhere to and the procedure is likely to cause more damage. Even if the surgery is successful, areas of adhesion are still more likely to form new adhesions. The adhesions and scar tissue toughen and strengthen over time - so the rigidity caused by the adhesion will only get worse with time. Phineas' condition went downhill fast. She lost her appetite, but would still eat in the beginning of November. I had to start hand feed her within a week, tube feeding food and liquids by the 15th. It's now December 2nd. The vet does not think there is anything else that can be done for Phineas. And I have finally come to the same unfortunate conclusion. The vet said that the can conduct a humane euthanasia where Phineas would be given an anesthetic, go to sleep, then given a lethal injection to die peacefully in her sleep. I also spoke with my sister, who's brought up a good, ethical point about people and animals and how they choose their deaths. In particular, she pointed me to a NYT article on how doctors choose to die (link here). And then she reminded me of how my parents' dog (and the dog knew that she was sick), waited until my dad came home just so she could jump up into my dad's lap to die while being held by him. I'm pretty sure Phineas knows that she is dying. I believe that is why she stopped eating, drinking and moving. I already feel guilty for having kept her alive for so long while I waited to see if antibiotics would cure the underlying problem, or even if the problem would plateau and she could live a relatively happy (if a bit handicapped) life with abdominal issues. I know Phineas needs (and likely wants?) to be in a better place without the pain. So my question about euthanasia is a moral one - do I let her die by herself? So do not tube feed her food or water, and let her pass on her own, like how she would have in nature? Perhaps with the aid of painkillers from the vet? Or should I have the vet anesthetize her and give her a lethal injection - where she would die without knowing what was happening? Please. I know many of you here know and love your chickens as pets and family members. Any insight you can provide on how Phineas would choose if given the option on how to die (there is no longer a doubt in my mind that that is what she wants and needs at this point), would help me through this heartbreaking time. I'm emotionally exhausted, but if anyone would like to read about the background diagnosis of abdominal adhesions and the therapies the vet and I tried, please let me know and I can start documenting them here for future reference.