Help Please

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by robjacmom, Jul 8, 2016.

  1. robjacmom

    robjacmom Out Of The Brooder

    I have a VERY sick chicken. She just sits almost lays down. She cannot get up and walk.
    I feel horrible, She has had the soft crop and when I picked her up a few days ago stuff just came poring out of her mouth. I feel like shes suffering now. I have no idea what to do. She is 3 years old and no longer lays eggs. I thought chickens lived alot longer than that.
     
  2. Vickie 51

    Vickie 51 Out Of The Brooder

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    Is a strong smell to what she brought up? If so she could have sour crop. Is she eating or drinking at all? How long has she been in this condition?
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    There are many good threads about crop problems if you do a search at the top of this page or Google it. Look for posts bt Two Crows and TheChickenChick.
     
  4. That Quail Lady

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  5. robjacmom

    robjacmom Out Of The Brooder

    Unfortunately we had to put her down. My heart is broken. She has had crop issues several times and we always brought her out of it. We have been trying everything for days. It was just to much today, I felt like she was suffering. She was only 3 years old. People think Im ridiculous, everyone keepms telling me she was JUST a chicken. She eas my pet and I just feel awful.
     
  6. Yoako

    Yoako Out Of The Brooder

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    I know how u feel, that chicken was really close to you. Don't worry I cried for a whole week after my chicken died. I'm so sorry... :hugs
    Hugs
     
  7. Vickie 51

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    If she had had crop issues before, over time that does enough damage that it can't be helped anymore. It sounds as if you did all you could and were then unselfish enough to let her go.

    I'm sorry for your loss. It is hard enough to say goodbye without the loss being minimized by people that don't get it. There is nothing in most lives that could be an "only" if it is loved.
     
  8. robjacmom

    robjacmom Out Of The Brooder

    Thank you for your kind words.
    I only have three chickens, now two. They are my pets, they dont lay anymore after 3 years but I wouldnt get rid of them for nothing. Im just heartbroken that I couldnt help her.
     
  9. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Sorry for your loss. I never had a crop problem before in my chickens until this past winter when I lost 2 hens within a week of each other. I always try to provide grit and probiotics, and keep the grass fairly low. Even doing that it can still happen.
     
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  10. Vickie 51

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    First - you DID help her. When the only thing in your power was to let her rest, you did. That is the ultimate act of living doe one or something - completely unselfish. So please don't feel you didn't do anything.

    Before we got our chickens we researched chicken rescues figuring when they couldn't lay they would have a safe place to go. Then we got our birds. Now we recognize that laying or not, they are home and that's where they'll stay until they can move on to wherever on the Rainbow Bridge good chickens go.
     

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