It's official. I'm not a cold-blooded murderer after all ....

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Junebugsin, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. Junebugsin

    Junebugsin Chirping

    Jun 25, 2015
    Southern New Hampshire, USA
    ... I'm a pretty bad one.

    Some of you may have read my post from a few days ago:

    Last Saturday night, I killed my chicken. I threw her in the woods behind my house, onto a brush pile down the hill into the woods. We have coyotes, foxes, owls, racoons, fisher, bear, etc.

    She was a-gonner.

    Except that, while my husband and daughter were doing archery in the backyard this afternoon, Lunch limped out of the woods and scared them both to death. I'm a little stunned and horrified too. Saturday night she couldn't walk. She couldn't even perch. She could only lay on her side and flop around. She had stopped eating and stopped drinking and I had done everything I could do for her. So, I "did her in" and tossed her into the woods for the critters.

    Apparently, she didn't like that idea. My husband said that she can now stand and she's limping pretty badly and using one of her wings for balance. She only takes a few steps at a time and then she sits down to rest.

    So, as of now, she has survived:
    1) a fox attack, where she got bitten badly at least twice, and sustained injuries to her back, breast, both legs and one wing;
    2) two weeks of me trying my darnedest to nurse her back to health, with little to no success;
    3) being stuffed in a sling that she didn't like and kept escaping from;
    4) me, supposedly wringing her neck and tossing her into the woods, with a high arc, onto a brush pile;
    5) all of Saturday night;
    6) all of Sunday, in the pouring rain, all day, and with low temperatures;
    7) all day Monday;
    8) the foxes, which we have at least three in our neighborhood, as well as several other predators, (see above);
    9) somehow crawling up the steep hill, though it's only about six feet high, but she had to get out of and through the brush pile first; and
    10) miraculously, she didn't get hit by an arrow!!

    My husband almost fainted when he saw her.

    I would have fainted!!

    My younger daughter is now calling her Zombie Chicken.

    I am completely stunned! My husband and daughter picked her up and put her back in the cat condo on the porch.

    Now what do I do?!?! Apparently, she wants to live.

    I'm stunned!!

  2. Wolfefarmyard

    Wolfefarmyard Crowing

    Aug 18, 2017
    Gansevoort, NY
    I hope this doesn’t come off as rude, but why would you just throw her into the woods to be eaten? In my eyes that’s a little inhumane.

    There are much better ways to euthanize a chicken.
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2019
  3. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Free Ranging

    Jul 3, 2016
    Pac NW
    My Coop
    Uhhhh.... wow.

    Well, I guess she's going to decide for herself when she's ready to go. Might as well make her as comfy as possible (an isolation coop would be ideal) and see what happens. Were you able to get her to eat or drink anything, since she wasn't able to do that before?
  4. twendt

    twendt Songster

    Feb 23, 2019
    SE Wisconsin
    All I can say is ,WOW, that story is horrifying.
  5. DellaMyDarling

    DellaMyDarling Songster

    Dec 13, 2017
    Mass Hilltowns

    I think I spit some chips.

    I also think I need to go double check Goldie Bird's grave...
  6. RhodeIslandRed5

    RhodeIslandRed5 Songster

    May 28, 2019
    East Texas
    Oh wow, that is amazing! Super incredible! :thGive her lots of hugs! Keep her comfy, and try to give her vitamins. Also, a nutrient rich treat like no salt added scrambled egg might be delightful.
  7. Unicornlife3316

    Unicornlife3316 Songster

    Apr 21, 2018
    Bryan, TX
    Holy cow. Cuddle that chicken and love her!

    I’m just in shock. That’s crazy!
  8. Sequel

    Sequel Crowing

    :eek: What??? OMG! That is amazing!!!! Looks like your chicken nursing career has only just begun! :yesss:
  9. msiler

    msiler Songster

    Nov 26, 2018
    Wow... I mean wow.... I read your post earlier and... wow... I have no words!!!!
  10. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Pullarius

    Aug 1, 2015
    My Coop
    OP stated she thought she'd wrung the bird's neck.
    Talk about a remarkable story. :th That chicken is a survivor.

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