Freak accident

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

  1. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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  3. bt03

    bt03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    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

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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

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    [​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

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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

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    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

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    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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