Freak accident

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chickenaddict, May 12, 2011.

  1. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    Just the other day I was outside with the flock enjoying their company, one of my serama hens whos name is/was onyx follows me around when I am out there like a little lost puppy. I fed the birds treats, let a few crawl all over me, some lap snuggles then it was off to get the waterers changed. We have a big picnic table out by the coop, across one of the benches was a large board 12 ft long, 4 inches wide and about an inch thick teetering right on the edge. My ex had been out there a few days before trying to clean up the wood pile and must have set it there. I start dumping and filling waterers not paying any mind to the birds or what is around me. I loose my balance due to a broken foot from a drill press accident and grab for the bench (with the teetering board on it) I knock the board off the bench and try to catch it before.... It fell on her head [​IMG] I immediately freeze up in a state of shock on what had just happened, she took off running. She made it about 2 ft and collapsed. I grabbed her, put her in my lap and sobbed as she took her last breath. I feel absolutely horrible about the whole thing and blame my being clumbsy and off balance for her death [​IMG] Word to the wise make sure there is NOTHING around the coop/run that could potentially fall down and harm your birds. I am just beside myself with guilt right now. I am so sorry onyx [​IMG]
  2. GiddyMoon

    GiddyMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    Tucson, AZ
  3. bt03

    bt03 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2011
    Over the rainbow...
  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    OH BOY....Sooo sorry that happened.....Please don't be too hard on yourself, as you know in your heart you meant no harm and it was an accident! [​IMG]

    We've all had accidents, believe me! My accident was, that I dropped two newly hatched Bobwhite quail chicks, and hurt them.....I felt just awful too. But it get's better! It does!
  5. neverbdone

    neverbdone Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 9, 2008
    Lake Isabella, CA
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    So sorry for your loss. Accidents do happen, but it doesn't make it any easier. Don't be to hard on yourself.
  6. Player Hater

    Player Hater Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2010
    [​IMG] that's awful, i'm sorry

    i had a large piece of plywood leaning against the inside of the run to make some temporary shade, but i started to get paranoid about it falling over and squashing the pullets so i wired it to the run

    sure enough, the wind started blowing a few minutes later

    it would have fallen right on top of them
  7. GoChick

    GoChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2010
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    I'm so sorry... my eyes teared up... accidents happen, we can't control everything - at least she didn't suffer.
  8. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    Aug 3, 2009
    I'm so sorry this happened to your little girl.
    It's not your fault-it is exactly as the title of your post said, a freak accident. It could have happened to any of us. [​IMG]
  9. MareeZoCool

    MareeZoCool Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] I am sorry for your great loss.
  10. Gold Griffin Chicken Mom

    Gold Griffin Chicken Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2010
    Suffolk, Virginia
    I'm also sorry for your loss. Think fondly of her as you accident-proof that area for the rest of your flock. You can only do that which is humanly possible to prevent a similar situation in the future.

    Thank you for sharing your loss and reminding the rest of us to go clean up our own places to prevent our own sad stories.

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