sad and a little confused

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by diamond3girl, Jan 13, 2015.

  1. diamond3girl

    diamond3girl In the Brooder

    Apr 15, 2013
    Hi byc friends
    I just had a very sad experience, my baby girl Olivia, my lavender archana,(not sure if I spell it that way) had to be put to sleep. I noticed she was sitting down way too much so i kept an eye for a few days then today when I went to open the coop door I noticed she hadn't moved all night and she usually sits up and roosts but she wasn't. I felt under her tummy and she had a full sack down near where I imagine her eggs start being made. She had no interest in walking, I put her on the grass to follow her partner in crime but she just sat down again. The Bird Dr checked her over & said it's a disease in the yolk making section of her reproductive area. It was going to be more than $500 to see her well, including surgery then an implant to stop her eggs plus anti biotics all with no guarantee she will make it. I won't put a small bird through that so she's now asleep :(
    Can anyone advise how I integrate a new friend in for my chook Daisy? [​IMG] The lavender bird has now gone to sleep, Daisy is the one alone but I'm not sure what breed she is. Any advise appreciated
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  2. Fancychooklady

    Fancychooklady Crowing

    Jun 14, 2012
    Tasmania. Australia
    Oh that's truly sad. I am sorry for your loss. Sounds like your little one was an ' internal layer ' .
    Daisy looks like a Cochin. Best to try and get her a friend similar in size to prevent bullying.
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  3. diamond3girl

    diamond3girl In the Brooder

    Apr 15, 2013
    Thankyou so much, I'm still in tears, but my hubby buried her a moment ago for me. She's under her favourite tree near her chook house. She was such a placid little darling, and loved being held so we will miss her dearly and I feel dreadfully guilty knowing if I had just made sure she had enough calcium it could have been avoided. A Cochin? Yes that rings a bell Thankyou so much I will take your advice... xx
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  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

    Oct 11, 2014
    Gouverneur, NY
    Don't feel guilty. We can't know everything. [​IMG]Sorry you lost her. It is hard to loose a pet. I hope you find a friend for your other one.
  5. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    I certainly understand and sympathize. It's never easy losing one of our pet chickens. They're so loveable, we can't help becoming attached.

    I'm glad you're thinking of Daisy. It will be pretty easy to integrate a new companion. After you've quarantined her for a suitable period to be certain she hasn't picked up a bug that she could pass to Daisy, simply place her in the pen with Daisy.

    If all goes normally, Daisy and the newcomer will have a lengthy staring contest where they stand in place motionless. Pretty soon Daisy will break the spell and walk over to the new hen and give her a ceremonious peck on the head. That should be it.

    Unless the newcomer has an issue of over-confidence and has an over-aggressive personality, there should be no further conflict.
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  6. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Crowing

    Mar 29, 2011
    I am very sorry for your loss :hugs
    Though it is hard, please know you made the right decision.

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