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Please help me! How do I put my chicken down?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kimmie6067, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. kimmie6067

    kimmie6067 Songster

    I wish I didn't have to put my favorite pullet down she is a blue Orpington and so sweet but she has a bent leg that I can't figure out what happened to her. She is being bullied by the other pullets so I have her in a big rabbit hutch, she is getting to big for it, not to mention her boyfriend is twice the size of her, he is so pretty, when I have tried to separate them they "honk"(cry) for each other. I never heard a chicken honk but these two do, I guess this breed does. Winter is coming and I have to do something I can't afford another coop right now. I am having one built for my Icelandic's. How do I put her down were it's easy for her and me?

    Here name is Sweet Pea


  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    Do you have any friends who could just do it for you? Many people can find someone on craigslist willing to do it for a few dollars.
  3. kimmie6067

    kimmie6067 Songster

    Hi Kevin I didn't think of that. We have Amish that do it around here.

    Thanks for the idea.

  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    Oh it's no problem at all. I know this can be a very hard time for people and for some it's easier to just have someone do it for them. Whatever you end up choosing just remember she had a great life with you while she was here. [​IMG]
  5. FlyHigher

    FlyHigher Chirping

    Jul 15, 2012
    could it be osteodystrophy?
    or due to Nutritional deficiency of vitamin D?
    Just try to give her another chance before you cult her.
  6. kimmie6067

    kimmie6067 Songster

    She is fed the same feed as the others, medicated chick starter. She can't put her foot down it goes off to the side. It was fine in the moring and then a few hours later she was hurt.

  7. I bet you could find someone on here that would be willing to take her in. I would in heartbeat if there was a way to get her here. I would ask around first.

    If you could get her to Pittsburg, i would be willing to come there and get her.
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2012

  8. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    Hey, Kimmie. I see she's still not any better, darnit anyway...

    I believe you are absolutely making the right decision in putting her down, as difficult as it is. If she's getting picked on, there's no sense in trying to save her. The most humane thing to do, in some (actually in many) instances is to put them down. I feel for you...will be thinking of you.
  9. Is she in pain with the leg? or just deformed.
    Is she sick?
    Is she suffering? ( if they were not picking on her)
    Is she eating, pooping etc?
    can she get around without assistance?
    If she was taken out of a multiple large hen situation could she be happy?
  10. kimmie6067

    kimmie6067 Songster

    Is she in pain with the leg? or just deformed----No she is not in pain now but it get her frustrated that she can't dig around with her foot, she moves it in the chicken scratch motion.
    Is she sick?-------No
    Is she suffering? ( if they were not picking on her)-------She can't be a normal chicken, like flap her wings, scratch in the dirt, stand up for any length of time
    Is she eating, pooping etc?---------Yes eating and drinking
    can she get around without assistance?------------Not real well
    If she was taken out of a multiple large hen situation could she be happy?----------Right now she is in a rabbit hutch its not big enough

    Hi Wynette, Yes I have to do something for her, only thing is her boyfriend will be soooooo upset but I will put him with some hens when she is gone. Devin lost another Jersey, I just can't believe this. Now I am wondering if the roo is doing the killing? These pullets and the black roo from you were added to a young flock they were a month older at least. This time Devin said the pullet was fine in the morning and they came back a while later to a pullet with her head half eaten.


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