Terminate or Let Die?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chickens-246, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. Chickens-246

    Chickens-246 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 3 year old RR that had a bout with a respitory problem that was solved with antibiotics 3 weeks ago. She also lost allot of weight. Today she has that "I'm going to die" listlessness. It seems 3 years old is a reasonable lifespan.

    Would you terminate or let her die on her own? I realize that letting her die on her own is easier on the owner, but do you think chickens suffer during this process?
     
  2. baldie

    baldie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know the answer to that. But I am sorry you have to make that decision!! [​IMG]
     
  3. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    You say she's lost weight, have you ever wormed her??
     
  4. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    yes I think they suffer at this point if caught between culling and letting her die on her own I would choose culling.
     
  5. Chickens-246

    Chickens-246 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Everyone else has good weight.

    Her comb is turning white and she is huddled in a dark corner of the coop. I had one other that did this same thing before she passed.
     
  6. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not having been in your situation, objectively and just from what i have read, if she has already had respiratory problems, and she's sick again, yes, i would cull - partly to ease her suffering, and partly to prevent any disease she might have from spreading to the rest of the flock.

    So sorry about your hen. I know it breaks your heart.
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  7. Chickens-246

    Chickens-246 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hate that you must make a decision like this. Could deworming be needed? 3 years old is very young to me. I have some that are 6 and still going strong. Their lifespan should be longer.
     
  9. RIVERA69R

    RIVERA69R Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree 3 is not the end of the line
     
  10. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    Have you checked her for mites?
     

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