My Chicken Died-What Did I Do Wrong?


8 Years
May 22, 2011
I am a newbie to this forum and chicken raising. My chicken Daisy just died. She was a year old. After work, we observed that
1. She was tenderfooted and just wanted to hide. Usually she runs to greet me.
2. Looked at her foot. It looked like she had a mild case of bumble foot. She had a circle scab and her right foot pad and her innermost toe were swollen
3. She did not have an appetite.
1. Isolated her and I did bumblefoot surgery late in the evening 10 PM(after researching and buying the stuff I needed) in accordance to what was posted in byc and i checked other sites as well. She did not have puss.
2. After the surgery she joined her friends to sleep.
2. I isolated a her Saturday morning, she did not want to eat and appeared weak. I even boiled spaghetti for her she did not touch it
3. She tried to drink but she got her foot wet when she knocked her bowl down so i picked her up and decided to change the dressing
4. While soaking her feet on epsom salt she threw up.

This is when things started to go wrong.
1. I bought tetramycin-the one that you mix with water. I gave it to her in the afternoon around 1:30 pm
2. following the dosage, I mixed it with gatorade to give her some energy and restore her electrolyte because she threw up and i did not know if she was throwing up all morning
3. I gave her the solution while the chicken was sitting up using a syringe type thing for kids- a little at a time. I gave it to her little by little. My sister suggested I lay her down and cover her eyes so that she will be calm. she opens her mouth when she is on her side. I fed her like this a few times. I did not like it so I stood her up again. She had about 4 tsp of the gatorade solution mostly while sitting up. I paused for about 20 seconds every quarter tsp.
4. I let her rest for minute or two and decided to put on the dressing on her foot.
5. My sister picked her up and i got the vet wrap and started wrapping her foot
6. Daisy then raised her head back then appeared to have a seisure then threw up her food
7. my sister let her go in surprise.
8. I picked her up and tried to hold her for her comfort and then she went liimp and died.

My thoughts were maybe she was allergic to the antibiotics.
She aspirated to her lungs and died
Heart attack due to stress

Please let me know what you think. I still have to care for 4 more chickens and I don't want to do the same thing. The other 4 are healthy. I cleaned out her house and water feeder.

I think that maybe if I did not intervene she may still be alive. I think it was the stress that I put her through or that I made her drink too much liquid in a short span of time and that's what killed her. Daisy is a pet chicken and we keep our chickens for eggs. THey have the run of the yard with all the grass they can eat.
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9 Years
Dec 5, 2010
I'm sorry to hear about your girl.
You really tried to help her. It's very hard to know what was wrong, but part of the problem may have been crop stasis (where basically the digestive system shuts down). Sometimes straw or even feather shafts or long grass can get caught in the system. But without a post mortem you may never know.

It's also possible she had a systemic infection (septicemia) from the bumblefoot. This could give symptoms you've described.

Just a little point about giving chickens liquid: it's very easy for chickens to inhale the liquid. For this reason it's only ever dribbled drop by drop onto the lower beak, at which point the bird will swallow. It takes quite a while to administer a dose of something but it's the safe way to do it.

I hope you never have to go through this again. Good luck with all your birds, they sound like they have a caring owner.



9 Years
Jun 27, 2010
Boy, it's hard to tell what rough shape they're in sometimes and it makes you paranoid handling them when they up and die on you like that. It sounds like some kind of crop or digestive problem. She must have been way sicker than you knew. It sounds like you guys did the best you could do. I'm not an expert but I don't think it was really anything you did.

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