Help.. I'm having a bad day after losing my first hen. : (

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by one2beeluved, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. one2beeluved

    one2beeluved Hatching

    Feb 21, 2008
    Marysville, WA
    Just wanting to know what might have happened. She was fine yesterday and then this am she had pale waddles. She was picking at her feet a lot and not joining the others in the back yard. A couple hours later I checked on my hens and she was dead. At least she chose a nice piece of grass to lay down in and she didn't look like she struggled at all. She was just laying there dead. This is my first loss and she was a very nice Brahma hen. It is hitting me really hard and can't even imagine what went wrong. I'm hoping the other 5 will be ok. any ideas? Please let me know. Thank you. Tara [​IMG]
  2. McChix

    McChix In the Brooder

    Oct 30, 2007
    I'm sorry for your loss, Tara. Hoping your other girls will be fine. [​IMG]
  3. one2beeluved

    one2beeluved Hatching

    Feb 21, 2008
    Marysville, WA
    Thank you McChix. I'm also worried on how my children are going to feel... mostly my 8 year old. It was part of his 8 year birthday present to get the hens. Tara
  4. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    That's really hard. I had one just drop dead too. You just never know. Sorry for loss
  5. DrakeMaiden

    DrakeMaiden Overrun with Drakes

    Jun 8, 2007
    Kitsap County, WA
    I'm sorry. I lost my favorite duck about this time last year. It is a lot harder to lose one than we would think it would be. They become part of the family.
  6. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Aww Tara, im so sorry for your loss. It never gets easy. Some times we never know why...they just die. Hope all the others are ok...and give your daughter a big hug. Tell her God wanted that sweet hen in HIS flock!
  7. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I'm so sorry...One of my losses was a big Brahma too.

    Sometimes these things just happen...
    Pale comb and wattles can be anaemia or worms.

    Just keep an eye on the rest of them.

    Make sure that they're not coughing, sneezing or wheezing.
    Keep an eye out on what colour their poops are.
    Is anyone fluffed up looking? Or laying around?
    Any drainage from eyes or noses?
  8. one2beeluved

    one2beeluved Hatching

    Feb 21, 2008
    Marysville, WA
    There is no drainage from their noses or eyes. No one is laying around as of yet but I may worm them just in case. If it is anemia how do I treat that. ?? Just pulling out my chicken books to read more.
    Thank you for your insight SpottedCow.
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I'm so sorry, Tara. I just had my very first loss, too. Like yours, really without warning. It's very odd, that although I have over 30 chickens, I still feel her absence every day.
  10. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    Tara, sorry about your loss. It's never easy.

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