One hen left

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chickaletta, Oct 25, 2014.

  1. chickaletta

    chickaletta In the Brooder

    May 15, 2014
    Hi there all you hen lovers:
    First I want to thank all of you who posted replies for my chickens dying one by one...You were all so very kind and supportive. I checked everything everyone suggested.

    It ended up with ALL the Red Stars dying and only the Wyandotte, "Cruella DeVille" left. I took the last hen in for necropsy and they found that her entire abdominal cavity was putrid - every organ....and severe egg yolk peritonitis. Based on what I told him about all of them dying in the same way, he thinks that I got a bad "genetic" batch - there was nothing in their tissue samples or blood work to indicate parasitism, toxins, or environmental concerns including their maintenance and food etc. THey said the one egg a day that I had been getting had probably always been from Cruella. As I cannot afford to add another coop or build in more fencing into my front yard, she is going to remain my "pet" girl who now sits on my lap with her head in the meal work bag for treats and lets me pet her soft feathers. She continues to lay her egg a day, bless her. I wish I could put in a couple of similar girls with her, but I am afraid that they/she will fight to protect or take over the coop. I just can't afford 3-4 hundred dollars for another coop and fencing to keep every body separate. Too bad they can't just "get along" with all that space and 4 boxes to nest in!

    I had a flock of 20 or so wild turkeys parade past her yard the other day. Four or so of them walked up to the fence and Cruella was fascinated by her "cousins." She stretched her neck up to look taller and walked along the fence line with them all the way. They, in turn talked with her. It was charming in the extreme.

    Again, thank you for all your support and knowledge. I like the Wyandottes, when the time is right or Cruella passes on, (hope not too soon, I am very attached to our lap sessions) I will probably get 3 or so more of them..
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about your Red Stars, they are a wonderful cross, but do often have reproductive problems when they are older, sounds like the ones you had were really bad. If you aren't set up to add more bigger birds to your flock, many Wyandottes will go broody, if Cruella does, you could consider putting just hatched chicks (most broodys will adopt new chicks) or fertile eggs under her (with eggs you would need to figure out what to do with roosters).
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    I'm sorry about your Red Stars. [​IMG]Good luck with Cruella!
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    I'm sorry to hear about your bad experience with Red Stars. As Kelsie stated, the more productive egg laying breeds or hybrids often have egg laying problems. I'm glad that at least Cruella seems to be doing fine. My Wyandottes have been hardy, productive birds as well.
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    So sorry for all your losses.[​IMG] Kelsie has a great idea with letting her hatch some eggs. Sounds like a fun and rewarding experience.

    Give Cruella extra lovin'!
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC - great idea about letting Cruella raise some surrogate pullet chicks if she goes broody.
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I agree - great idea to let her mother some chicks if she goes broody. The chicks would be well socialized because Cruella likes humans, and they learn from her.

    Sadly the down side to high production birds like red stars and other sex things, is overworked internal apparatus - egg laying problems that would take longer to develop in regular layers. But are accelerated in them.
  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] So sorry to hear about the losses [​IMG]
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop

    So sorry for your losses![​IMG]
  10. QHnPPcks

    QHnPPcks In the Brooder

    Jun 26, 2014
    Such a terrible loss for you; so sorry. Glad you have Cruella! My house chicken is a beautiful Wyandotte; such a sweet breed.

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