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So frustrated by hens dying

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DenverEmily, Dec 14, 2012.

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  1. DenverEmily

    DenverEmily New Egg

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    Raising chickens is so much harder than I expected. We have a small city flock. I've read so much, learned so much and talked to many people, including local chicken hatchery owners. We've spent so much money and time on them. I new at this, but I'm not ignorant about how to care for animals.

    We have had 10 chickens since Spring 2012. One killed by stray cat when young. Three more died of respiratory diseases or unknown causes. Two more sick so we donated them as food for a large reptile rescue. Another sick now. I'm so over the hassle of this. My kids are heart-broken. This is a 4-H project for them. I'm so frustrated. I've purchased chickens from two different local hatcheries with good reputations.

    Am I really supposed to be examining them everyday, medicating them constantly (BTW then I can't eat the eggs - so what's the point!) paying vet bills, driving them an hour to Extension office to pay for more tests, etc.??? I just don't understand - People I talk to keep scratching their heads and saying that I've had bad luck... but really???

    If they all die, I'm not getting anymore. I'm done. Anyone out there had a similar experience? Let's be honest. How many of your chickens have died?
     
  2. DenverEmily

    DenverEmily New Egg

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    Please take my poll at the top of this post.
     

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