Sad Update

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Airilith, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. Airilith

    Airilith Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2009
    Eastern Shore, VA
    I thought I should post this because (a) lots of people helped me out when my lil chickie got sick, and (b) no one else would really understand what I'm going through.

    In the middle of November I posted that one of my chicks from Ideal was sick. After a month in quarantine I though she had finally made a turn in the right direction. She was eating and slowly gaining weight back. I re-introduced her to the flock with out any problems. Then a few weeks later she started getting lethargic and she stopped gaining weight. I did everything I could think of for her today. Yesterday she was doing worse than ever, and today she was no better. She would barely open her eyes, and for the few minutes that she did she would do nothing but chirp. I put the other 6 outside for the 2 hours of usual playtime, and decided that maybe some fresh air would be good for the lil one. After 15 minutes in the draftfree coop, she was worse than ever. I brought her back inside asap and she wouldn't open her eyes, stand up or hold her wings against her side. It was the toughest decision I've ever had to make, but I decided it was time. She was obviously miserable. So I did the deed.

    And I'm still wondering if I made the right decision. I know I did, but there's still that little part of me thinking 'what if.' But after almost two months she should have been on the rebound. It's just that having her in the house, and sitting with her watching tv. You really bond with them, you know? Everytime I'd pick her up she would fly up to my shoulder and nuzzle into my neck. And to have to do that to her, well it just hurts.

    She definitely made a mark on my heart, and I miss her dearly.

    Thanks for understanding.
  2. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

    Sep 16, 2008
    Levan, UT
    Oh I am so sorry!! [​IMG]
  3. 25bengood2me

    25bengood2me Out Of The Brooder

    May 23, 2009
    Ohio ~ Mid-Ohio Valley
    My sincere sympathies to you in this sad time. Bless you for being the good mother hen you were for your feathered girl. She is at rest, take comfort knowing she is not suffering any more.
  4. Catstar68

    Catstar68 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 7, 2009
    Franklinton, NC
    [​IMG] You did what was best.
  5. popcornpuppy

    popcornpuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 19, 2009
    Holland, Massachusetts

    It sounds like you did all you could have for the chick and you did make the best decision. It never is an easy choice. But it shows what a good mother you are and how caring you are to try and help.
  6. kcsunshine

    kcsunshine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2009
    Maryville, Tennessee
    [​IMG] I'm so sorry for your loss. You did what was best for your little friend.
  7. Woods_Woman

    Woods_Woman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 21, 2009
    Oregon Rain Forest
    Oh I'm so sorry, it's never easy when you have to make the decision..but I am sure it was for the best..nothing worse then letting them suffer.
  8. Airilith

    Airilith Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2009
    Eastern Shore, VA
    Thank you all so much. You have no idea how much comfort I've found in your kindness. [​IMG] all around.
  9. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I'm so sorry. It is so difficult when you have an ill chicken that you've taken so much time caring for. It makes you even closer to them. I know you did what was right for your chick, and although it hurts, you did the right thing.
  10. BedHead

    BedHead Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 17, 2009
    I'm so sorry [​IMG] She sounds like she was such a sweetheart.

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