I lost my favorite hen today

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by noladq, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. noladq

    noladq In the Brooder

    Mar 13, 2010
    She was the funniest little bird. She was a runt-y barred rock. I named her Rocky. When I first tried to integrate her into the flock, the other birds darn near killed her, so I nursed her back. A month later they did it again, and I nursed her back. Finally I was able to integrate her and her friend into the flock. She had the most personality - always talking to me with her funny voice. She'd run up to me in the yard for petting and she chased robins out of the veggie garden. What I like most was how she was always talking though. She was the best of my layers. An egg a day girl!

    Yesterday she was sluggish and her comb was flopped over, grey and cold. I brought her into a separate cage in the garage. Her crop was distended and she was drinking and drinking. We kept her quiet and watched her for the day. She didn't seem too bad, but by midnight she started passing black liquid from her vent. We took her to a wonderful vet in Greeley. She had rocks in her crop that would require surgery. As well, she also had Egg Yolk Peritonitis‎. She was so uncomfortable and the chances of her survival were slim with treatment. I decided to euthanize her.

    I've buried her in the garden where she really liked to tear up my mulch. I used to chase her out of there all the time. I planted one of the lilies from my mom's memorial to mark her spot (it's been a year of serious loss so far...).

    Rocky and her buddy, Dot

    My favorite chick-pic ever

    The biggest layer was the smallest hen!
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    Those reproductive malfunctions are really incurable unless you do a hysterectomy on them; even then, the infection is all through the abdomen usually. I'm sorry you lost her. I love my BRs, one of whom is currently dying from the same thing.
  3. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    Aug 3, 2009
    [​IMG] I'm so sorry you lost your favorite girl.
  4. ekemily

    ekemily Songster

    Mar 8, 2010
    Fairhope, AL
    I'm so sorry for your loss. [​IMG] Loved your story. Most chickens are never known and never remembered. [​IMG]
  5. burquechick

    burquechick Songster

    Jun 13, 2008
    Oh, poor thing.
  6. Nortonsmom

    Nortonsmom In the Brooder

    Oct 16, 2009
    Ellenboro NC
    I'm so sorry....they are special little bits on our lives....[​IMG]
  7. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger 10 Years

    So sorry...................
  8. Chickiebaby8

    Chickiebaby8 Songster

    Apr 19, 2010
    I'm so sorry.
  9. goldeneggtees

    goldeneggtees Fluffy Butt Nut

    Mar 11, 2009
    Long Island, NY
    RIP little Rocky. Sorry you lost your friend.
  10. emys

    emys Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    So hard to loose a favorite! At least you gave her a great life. [​IMG]

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