Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mother hen 13, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. mother hen 13

    mother hen 13 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 21, 2013
    south of england
    Hello I just started keeping bantams this summer
    We bought a pekin cock and seven hens . Also a orpington cock who we call gorgeous george and four hens.
    All had been going really well. Little grey orpington hen has hatched two chicks how five weeks old.
    Then today disaster Little black orpington hen refused to eat. My husband advised that i should separate her from the others in case she had caught something i put her in a box with some bedding she seemed ok ate a grape. Then when i went back to check her she seemed to be gasping for air. one hour later she was dead . i am so upset and confused she seemed so well and had just molted into wonderful new feathers.
    Just needed to talk to someone else who likes chickens My other half can not understand why i am so distressed.
    Hope chicken keeping isn,t always this upsetting
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    I am VERY sorry for your loss. [​IMG]This sort of thing happens and it is always a distressing situation. But we do understand here on BYC. Many many of us have lost our beloved birds and understand your pain. So you are not alone.

    But we do welcome you to BYC and hope that you can over come your sadness enough to enjoy the forums. sorry. [​IMG]
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC - sorry for your loss, and hopefully it is an isolated incident. Have any new birds been added to your flock?
  4. mother hen 13

    mother hen 13 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 21, 2013
    south of england
    Thank you for your messages
    No new birds except the chicks so nothing brought in that way, but the adult birds are free range in day so perhaps she picked something up in the yard.
    Have just been to check on the chicks and they seem fine so i hope for the best.
    At the moment the chicks and mother are in the poultry shed with the others but separated by wire. Will i be able to let them in with the others if all continues well . If so how big do they need to be ? It is a big shed should i keep them separate until they are quite big?
  5. [​IMG]
    Sorry about the loss of your feathered friend.
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2013

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow Welcome to BYC and Happy Holidays! Sorry for the loss of your orp girl, they are so easy to get attached to and so hard to lose. Hope the rest of your flock continues to do well. is a long thread on using broody hens. If the flock is pretty easy going and there is plenty of room, some people will let them in with the rest of the flock from day one. With good protective mothers I usually wait until the chicks are a week or so and all doing well, and they have done fine. If you have a birds that could be a problem with chicks you probably want to treat it like a regular integration and wait until the chicks are about the same size as the flock. You could let them run together during the day or when you are there supervising to see how it goes and keep them separated at night for a while.
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Kelsie gave your excellent advice
  9. mother hen 13

    mother hen 13 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 21, 2013
    south of england
    Thanks for the support and advice
    what a day just as i started looking at posts all the lights went out - high winds caused massive power failure lasted eight hours .
    Kids sleeping downstairs by fire as were to scared to go upstairs - spooky and dark - dare not leave them alone with candle - which is why i am still up at 4. 45 am GMT thinking about my poor little girl and wondering there was anything i could have done that might have saved her. i think i,m just being silly now as i am rather tired.
    Will make coffee now power is back on and try to think positively about the others - although they are very friendly george is huge compared to chicks so think i will keep them separate for a while yet - they seem happy enough and i think the little wire fence makes the mother feel safe
  10. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC & Happy Holidays!

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