RIP Flounder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BethESH, May 13, 2009.

  1. BethESH

    BethESH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi all...

    Today is the 2-week birthday of my baby Norwegian Jaerhons. All arrived healthy from Ideal except one pullet, who had a spraddle leg. She scooted and flopped around the brooder, so my darling man named her "Flounder." I tried the band-aid method to fix the bad leg, but it didn't work. I went away for the weekend - the babies were taken care of while I was gone - and yesterday when I went to clean out the brooder I noticed that Flounder's bad leg was now extended straight backward. I tried to manipulate it, but I couldn't even budge it. Her spine was growing crooked and one wing had developed more than the other. It was painful to watch her.

    Another one of the pullets seemed to adopt her and stand guard over her to protect her from the other babies. [​IMG] It was so incredibly sad to see.

    Last night I finally decided that the best thing to do was to put her down. Darling man and I discussed ways to do it. Do we break her neck? Do we use the axe? Some ideas were silly, some just horrible and not worthy of repeating. DM came up with the idea to use an old mayo jar and CO2 gas. I had to leave the garage after saying goodbye to my little angel and putting her in the jar. When I came back in the garage after just a minute, she was gone. I buried her in the backyard. I'm still tearing up thinking about her. [​IMG]

    I KNOW it was the right thing to do. She would have had such a painful life. It's just hard...this is my first time as a chookmom, and this is my first loss...

    Thanks for listening...
     
  2. cochinbantam-lover

    cochinbantam-lover Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    Wisconsin
    I am sooooooooooooo sorry for your loss! It's very sad isn't it, but know you did the right thing for her as you said she probably wouldn't have had a very happy life! [​IMG]
     
  3. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i'm sorry for your loss


    i did the same thing last night ... i went with breaking its neck

    poor thing
     
  4. cochinbantam-lover

    cochinbantam-lover Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    Wisconsin
    Oh my, I'm sorry for your loss too! Geee that is sad even when you read about it! [​IMG]
     
  5. noitulover

    noitulover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i'm soooo sorry! it's so hard to lose chickens. especially little babies [​IMG]

    i hope your others are doing well!
     
  6. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    maybe i should have researched "culling methods" before doing it

    i just felt so bad for it ... it was having spasms jerking its head around at weird angles ... and i thought it would be just too cruel to put it back in the brooder to die on its own

    [​IMG]
     
  7. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Sorry for your loss. [​IMG]
     
  8. BethESH

    BethESH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for all your kind wishes and hugs. I was hoping that she'd somehow miraculously pull through...and I DO believe in miracles. She just got worse...it seemed the kindest thing to do.

    Shaggy...here's a hug...[​IMG]. No matter how it's done, the result is the same...and the brooder's a little emptier.

    All the others are beautiful, rambunctious imps. One of my roos looks like Sam the Eagle from the Muppet Show. He's kind of runty right now, but he's got spunk!!! I look forward to watching them all grow up...[​IMG]
     
  9. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    spunk > size
     
  10. BethESH

    BethESH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Absolutely! Can we put that on a bumper sticker?
     

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