Hello everyone! I'm joining today as my adventure in raising chicks begins.

Friend-of-hens

Hatching
6 Years
Apr 29, 2013
2
0
7
western mass
Sadly, our favorite hen, Birda, passed away yesterday. She was an Australorpe. We suspect one of the kids may have squeezed her over the weekend and she died of a prolapsed vent. It was incredibly heartbreaking. We're just not sure if this is what exactly happened, but she did have a prolapsed vent upon inspection. She had laid an egg the day before. It all happened within several hours. She was the most sweetest, sociable, funny little hen I've ever met, which is why she was a good candidate for the children to pet. We felt so helpless and frustrated as we watched her pass. If it wasn't after hours we would have taken her to the vet and maybe she would still be here. Maybe we could have done something ourselves, but we were afraid to poke and prod her! So here I am, ready for any help I can get and to share my experiences. My goal is to become a more repsonsible caretaker and hopefully gain the knowledge to step up and help my little feather friends to the best of my ability when they need me. We gathered a few of her eggs and have decided to incubate them and hopefully her offspring will be as wonderful as she was. Birda, we love and miss you so.
 

DDNONIN2016

Songster
7 Years
Jan 27, 2012
3,853
118
236
SW Ohio
Hello and welcome from Ohio....so glad you joined BYC

Sorry about your hen. She sounded like a doll :)

Wishing you the best on your hatch. Hope you have a 100% hatch and the chicks are all as nice as Birda
 

redsoxs

Crowing
8 Years
Jul 17, 2011
25,643
2,074
463
North Central Kansas
Greetings from Kansas, Friend-of-hens, and
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! Happy you joined our community but so sorry to hear about Birda.
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It's always tough losing a favorite bird. Hang in there!
 

1muttsfan

Up Northerner
10 Years
Mar 26, 2011
21,745
9,409
787
Upper Peninsula Michigan
Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

So sorry to hear about your hen. Dont be too quick to think your kids did it, there are other things that can cause vent prolapse postmortem. Having said that, birds can be easily injured by rough handling - and children can be injured by birds. Chickens can peck unexpectedly at faces, particularly eyes, and roosters often don't tolerate children well and can inflict some serious damage. Small children should not ever be around chickens unsupervised, for both their sakes.
 

drumstick diva

Still crazy after all these years.
Premium Feather Member
11 Years
Aug 26, 2009
137,517
259,167
2,027
Out to pasture
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Muffsdan shared some great wisdom with you. I only want to add young children should be taught to sit on the floor with babies.. Chicks are unpredictable and prone to falling from heights.
 
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Friend-of-hens

Hatching
6 Years
Apr 29, 2013
2
0
7
western mass
Thanks for the welcome, everyone. We had a necropsy done and Birda passed from Egg Yolk Peritonitus. The vet said they're not so sure why is happens. Does anyone have any experience with this?
 

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