rest in peace, Henrietta :(

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by tunaoftheland, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. tunaoftheland

    tunaoftheland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I have at long last had my first chicken mortality, other than a little chick who came defective (poor Beatrix). Henrietta, one of my original five easter eggers, has passed on to chicken heaven. She was extremely fluffy and had a huge beard and a very small pea comb, and laid eggs that were a lovely shade of green. She was a good girl, quiet, kept to herself mostly. She was on the bottom rung of the chicken social ladder, but it seemed to be more by choice than anything. From the time she was only a week or two old, she started sleeping separately from everyone else. No one picked on her that I ever saw, in fact sometimes one or two of the others would go and sleep with her, but she never sought their company. As an adult she slept on the opposite end of the roost from everyone as well. I would give her treats on the side, since she would hang back from the crowd at treat time. Sometimes she would fly up and sit on my shoulder for a couple minutes. She always seemed a little morose however, and recently she seemed even more so. I thought it might be because she was molting, but she was just finishing up when she seemed to become even more off. I found her standing in a nest box kind of fluffed up. I thought I would bring her in where it was warmer and I could keep an eye on her if she was still like that the next day. But the next day she was dead [​IMG] So I dug a hole in the rain and buried her [​IMG]

    Here is a not so great picture of her from last summer:

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    And here she is as a week or so old chick:

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  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I'm so sorry. I have one who is going that same way, it seems. Came on overnight, but she is full of quills, just won't eat now. She's under heat lamp, but just looks "shrunken". The molts seem very hard on them this year.
     
  3. tunaoftheland

    tunaoftheland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is a bad molting year, isn't it? I hope your girl does all right.
     
  4. SilkieTime

    SilkieTime Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
    Joelton Tn.
    Very pretty girl, so sorry.
     
  5. tunaoftheland

    tunaoftheland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks [​IMG]
     
  6. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    Lutz,FL
    So sorry. [​IMG]
     
  7. Scoop

    Scoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2009
    Central PA
    Awe, so sorry. I have one in molt this year and she is certainly not herself. I hope she rebounds okay. She is an easter egger also and I just love her personality, when she's not molting that is. Sorry for your loss. [​IMG]
     
  8. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Molts can kill chickens???
     
  9. LittleMamaBigPapa

    LittleMamaBigPapa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, so sorry to hear about her. I wonder what was wrong with her? It sounds like it was something from the beginning.
     
  10. tunaoftheland

    tunaoftheland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that is what I think too [​IMG]

    And to silkiechick05, no, as far as I know molts don't kill chickens. But a heavy molt sure doesn't help a chicken who's already down, and miserably cold almost constant rain probably didn't help either.
     

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