Meat bird, Probably dying. Can I help her? Possible heart issue?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kris5902, May 16, 2019.

  1. Kris5902

    Kris5902 Crowing

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    She passed on while I was out getting the mail and buns for work tomorrow, not unexpected, but I was quite hopeful for a turn around this morning when she was doing so much better. Thank you all for your help and support! Without access to a vet for our farm animals, everyone here has been invaluable in helping me learn how to treat our Chickens.
     
  2. Granny Hatchet

    Granny Hatchet Tastes like chicken

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    Sorry for your loss
     
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  3. AmyJane725

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    Sorry for your loss. :( Are you going to eat her anyway or are you afraid whatever killed her might make the meat unsafe?
     
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  4. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    I'm sorry.
    Are you going to open her up and see what was going on?
     
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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Sorry for the loss......livestock/deadstock....but still :(
     
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  6. Eggcessive

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    I am sorry that she went so fast, and for your loss.
     
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  7. Kris5902

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    I didn’t open her up, and I won’t eat anything I didn’t kill intentionally and cleanly. She wasn’t bled properly, and rigor had set in by the time I got back to her. I know it seems like a waste, and I don’t think there was anything that would “spoil” the meat like a sickness, but an improperly bled carcass isn’t my idea of food.

    Yes @aart , I know... and agree completely. They are also Meat Birds, too boot. I don’t like any losses though, (7.5% so far with 3 deaths out of 40 chicks) and I didn’t get many pullets in the order, so every girl is that much more precious to me! I’m pretty sure she was a little squashed by the tractor once prior, I think I saw some leg bruising that was more apparent on death (I need to get wheels on this tractor, a new to me design, ASAP). I’m leaning towards stress and underlying heart issues with the purple comb, her panic and then second sudden decline. I don’t know if dehydration and stress could cause increased intestinal shed?

    Thanks everyone for your support, help, knowledge, and suggestions. Not every story gets a happy ending, but I’m pretty sure most of her life was comfortable, and I had to try. You’re my “there are no proper vets here” support group, and all I can do is try to learn from every experience, to make things better in the future.
     
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  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Yep.
    Not sure about the shedding, could be a coincidence(or not).
     
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