Flock Management Failure

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by rebbetzin, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. rebbetzin

    rebbetzin Songster

    Apr 4, 2008
    Tucson AZ
    I am so sad today! Yesterday I put my four hens out early in the morning to play in the chicken tractor. As always I moved the tractor around to give them some grass weeds to eat. Our recent rain has made lots of nice weeds in the yard.

    Anyhow, I lost track of time while doing other things, and they were in the sun too long. Two of my Buff Orpingtons couldn't take the heat. My Barred Rocks were fine. But, Ophelia was already dead when I went out to check them. And poor Olivia died in my arms as I was attempting to cool her off with water from the hose.

    I feel so HORRIBLE today. I keep crying. It was completley preventable! I am so sorry I didn't put them back in the coop when it started to get warm. I am just heart broken!

    For those in warm climates, please learn from my stupidity...

    Some photos of my beloved Ophelia and Olivia for a Memorial.

    Olivia and Ophelia as a chicks.

    Three days old





    As young Pullets


    As Hens



    Ophelia being camera shy.


    And last one that makes me really sad.
    Me holding Olivia.


    Now I have two Barred Rocks, Rosalind and Roxanne, and Roxanne is egg bound.. or something... her tush is all swollen still. I have tried to help her by warm water soaks, massage of her swollen tush, nothing helps, I feel no egg up there, she is eating and drinking and pecking just like normal.

    This is not a good day!
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2010
  2. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

  3. RM44

    RM44 Songster

    Jul 15, 2009
    Woodstock, Georgia
    I'm so sorry. Don't be too hard on yourself. Accidents happen. I know it's hard not to criticize yourself right now, but try to remember all the good things you did for the chickens. I hope you can find some happiness in watching over the rest of your girls.
  4. SilkiesAndSuch

    SilkiesAndSuch Silkie Daddy

    Jan 27, 2010
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Sorry for your losses [​IMG]
  5. Orchid

    Orchid Songster

    May 10, 2010
    North Central MN
    [​IMG] So sorry to hear this. They were beautiful girls.
  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Sorry for your loss.
  7. Delphinium

    Delphinium In the Brooder

    Apr 5, 2010
    Northern AZ
    I'm so sorry! Hugs to you.
  8. tommboy1973

    tommboy1973 In the Brooder

    Apr 8, 2010
    Hidden Valley, AZ
    I'm so sorry!! [​IMG] The summers here are horrid! Thanks for the warning, I will be especially careful letting mine out.
  9. Rebel Rooster

    Rebel Rooster I Will Love! :)

    Jun 29, 2009
    Central SC
    My Coop
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  10. MakNugget

    MakNugget Songster

    May 31, 2010
    Portland, OR
    Sorry for your loss.

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