My beautiful Joseph just died in my arms and it was my fault.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Tiempo, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. Tiempo

    Tiempo Songster

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    He was in the shed with one of his girls, I tried to gently shoo him out, but he ran behind the tack box, so I picked him up and took him through to coop door, as I entered the coop he wiggled and I dropped him, from waist height onto soft bedding, but he hit the ground and immediately was on his side and barely moved.

    I picked him up and took him outside in my arms, his head flopped over and he was gone. [​IMG]

    He was so beautiful, so gentle natured and now my salmon Faverole girls don't have their man.
     
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2010
  2. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Songster

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    [​IMG] What a fluke accident!!! You didn't do anything wrong - just keep telling yourself that! I'm so sorry for your loss. [​IMG]
     
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    You have my heartfelt sympathy, dear. I'm sure you are devastated by this loss; I will hold thoughts of you close to me tonight, with hopes for your healing in time.
     
  4. Chickiebaby8

    Chickiebaby8 Songster

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    I'm so sorry.
     
  5. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

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  6. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    I'm so sorry, it was a freak accident, he should not have normally died from a fall that short. I love my SF's, especially my roos, they are so sweet...... hope you find your girls another bo when your heart heals........ [​IMG]
     
  7. greathorse

    greathorse Songster

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    Wow pretty freaky thing, that should not have presented a problem at all. No blame there. Was he old??? Chickens take far worse tumbles than that on a regular basis.
     
  8. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

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    I'm so sorry, but there may have been something else wrong. We've had chickens tumble off the dog house, about 4' high and was fine. Don't beat yourself up.
     
  9. Tiempo

    Tiempo Songster

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    Thanks everyone, you're all so sweet...he was only a year old, I'm wondering if he had a weak heart. It was not a big fall, and onto such soft bedding too..he went so fast I can't think of anything else that would make him die so fast, unless he landed funny and broke his neck?

    I was already feeling a little delicate today as I took my first ever batch of meat birds to freezer camp this morning and it was harder than I thought it would be.
     
  10. SpeckledHills

    SpeckledHills Songster

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    BYC hearts reach out to you today [​IMG]
     
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