I need some comfort from the BYC family...

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Year of the Rooster, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    This afternoon, when I went out to the coop to collect eggs (I hadn't done so in a couple days), I found one of my three Sebright hens laying in a nest box, frozen solid and dead. The past couple nights had been in single digits, and thinking that since they were all fullgrown now, that they could handle the cold without a heat lamp. Unfortunately, I was wrong. I brought her inside and tried to warm her up, incase she was still clinging to life. She did not wake up and was truly gone. I blame myself for this for not taking proper care of them. Being a busy high school student has its downfalls I guess... I called my parents as they weren't home. My stupid dad decides to tell me that if she had died of cold that all of them would have... what an idiot. Has he not heard of Natural Selection? Jeez.... I feel like a failure now.. Today we will be putting up the heat lamp so we do not lose more. I still remember only a few days ago she was begging me for treats out in the run [​IMG] This is the first bird i've lost in the whole year that I've had my birds and hopefully it will be the last

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  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    I'm sure it wasn't because you had no heat, mine roost inside a 3-walled barn with no heat whatsoever and I haven't lost any. It has been getting into the low 10s and single digits here as well. I know you're upset, but it was probably not due to any lack of care, she just wasn't strong enough [​IMG]
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
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    that kind of stuff just happens kiddo.. so sorry! It wasnt your fault at all. [​IMG]
  4. Overeasyplz

    Overeasyplz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2009
    Yea, don't take it too hard, sometimes your best isn't enough for a weak one.. [​IMG]
  5. tdgill

    tdgill Overrun With Chickens

    I am so sorry to hear of your situation. It's hard to lose a pet under any circumstances. Forgive yourself and chalk it up as a tough lesson and go on. Take care.
  6. possumqueen

    possumqueen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2009
    Monroe, North Carolina
    don't be too hard on your dad. It sounds like he was trying to give you some comfort, and sorry he couldn't be there for you.

    But I'm with him, and shelleyd. It wasn't the cold.

    If you can, save the body and take it to your state ag lab for a necropsy. They might tell you what happened to your hen, and save you some further losses.

    And keep coming to BYC. [​IMG]
  7. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    The smaller the bird, the less cold they can tolerate. I would try to make sure the temp stays above 20 degrees just for the sake of the chickens. Now, go apoligize to dad for calling him stupid!!! [​IMG]
  8. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    Thanks you guys [​IMG] I'll try not to beat myself up..
  9. heritagebirds

    heritagebirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Eastern Shore MD
    [​IMG] If your other birds are fine then maybe she just had a poor constitution. Sorry you had to find her that way.
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    You do your best and you win some, you lose some. I know it hurts when stuff like that happens, but honestly, I'm betting she just wasn't strong in some way and the cold just made it worse, but wasn't the main cause.

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