I can't get over my first cull

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by aem2012, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. aem2012

    aem2012 New Egg

    Jul 27, 2012
    I had a few sick chickens about a month ago. (I have 5 golden comets-were sold to me as RIR,need to change a few things on BYC- 2 Cochins and 1 wyandotte) All of them seem to be back to health now, but one of the reds just couldn't pull it back together. She had a nasty cough, watery poop, and hadn't laid an egg in over a month. I had her quarantined for the last two weeks and was giving her electrolytes but nothing was helping her. I made the mistake of making my girls more of pets and yesterday I couldn't stand her suffering anymore. I could feel her breathing was labored when holding her. My husband stood behind me when I culled her. I cried. I keep telling myself I did the right thing but I can't stop thinking about it. How do you cope with this first cull????
  2. moomoodiddy

    moomoodiddy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2012
    Union County, NC
    well u always got to think that u helped her from more misery oh just curious how did u cull her i have always wondered this i have never culled but am interested in breeding silkies so need to be prepared for coming if the occasion arise .. a deformity or something :(
  3. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 28, 2008
    You were brave and DID do the right thing. You ended her suffering and gave her peace. I never find it an easy thing to do either. I just keep reminding myself they are in a better place.
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    1 or 100, it never gets easier.
  5. NovaAman

    NovaAman Overrun With Chickens

    Sorry you had to do it. It is the one evil of chicken raising. Sometimes a very necessary one. It never get easier. You just learn to cope, know you did the best. It sucks. Always.:hugs

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