Her intestines stuck together!!!! Wow! Who would've thought something like that could happen!I was really shocked how quickly one of our hens went from looking ill to being dead, in only a few hours. We did get to the vet the day after for an autopsy, and her intestants had stuck together, not really sure why.
I also voted other:
1: broody hens who refuse to give up (but our eggs are not fertilized )
2: alternative nests (like underneath the stingy bushes)
We had to have part of our yard re-graded after the house was installed because of the damage done between the previous owner's ill-judged work and the damage done by the septic installers piling dirt at the lower edge of the field.
A contractor who really knows what he's doing when it comes to directing water is worth his weight in gold.
And trying to teach them the art of the ramp to go back IN while the older birds make it hard for them. Much easier with broody raised chicks except those first few days outside when there are always a couple who get lost and are impossible to catch while screeching for mom.Putting the babies outside once their fully feathered. It's like sending the kids to kindergarten all over again!
Yeah, they couldn't really find the reason for it, but we found her lethargic on Sunday around 10 and by 15 she was dead. We tried to get a vet but it was impossible, the emergency was open but they had no one with any knowledge on birds and said straight out that it would be useless to come there. After the autopsy (done by an avian vet after the weekend) they also said they would not have been able to save her without a surgery, and they might not have known what to do because it would have been really hard to know where the issue was. The soue crop was obvious, but there can be so many reasons for that. The only good thing was it was nothing infectious.Her intestines stuck together!!!! Wow! Who would've thought something like that could happen!
How do you put them down?Death of a bird is the worst! My least favorite is finding an chicken with an illness and can’t get them treatment in time before they die. Or I think they are doing better and I’ve saved them from illness only to find them dead in the coop in the morning. Or even worse, a predator gets to one and they are so injured you have to put them down.