Had to put a chicken down this morning....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jgarreth, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. jgarreth

    jgarreth Out Of The Brooder

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    We had to put one of our chickens down this morning. This is a first for me. This is our first year having chickens. She had a prolapse...I soaked her butt in warm water, lubed her up and even pulled part of an egg membrane out. She was suffering. I hated to have to do it but.....My husband was a trooper. Just needed to share it. This goes along with raising chickens....
     
  2. happyhens1972

    happyhens1972 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awww, so sorry to hear that hon. It is always traumatic when you have to do these things but better that than leave her to suffer xx

    Just a wee tip though....if you cover a prolapse in icing sugar, it will often retract on its own....I've done this with one of my chooks and also on an african pygmy hedgehog!!!
     
  3. jgarreth

    jgarreth Out Of The Brooder

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    It did seem to go back in but after several days of rest and being kept away from the others, she continued to decline. I couldn't stand to see her suffer.
     
  4. happyhens1972

    happyhens1972 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sure you did the right thing. Sometimes it is far better to bring forward the inevitable than watch a slow decline and painful death x Hugs x
     
  5. chickenboy190

    chickenboy190 Overrun With Chickens

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    So sorry to hear that[​IMG] My chicken had that and that was before I was on here so I didn't know what to do I even called friends that had chickens for years and they didn't know what to do so I just let her alone and somehow she lived. Sorry about your hen again [​IMG]
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Kudos to you for stepping up and doing what needed to be done. It's a crappy part of animal keeping, but it sometimes needs to be done and it's mercy to the animal. Good for you.
     

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