To Cull or Not to Cull?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chilisweet, May 11, 2009.

  1. chilisweet

    chilisweet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Orpy our BO approx 1 year old is an internal layer, I suspect. She had a prolapsed vent at about 6 months of age, we got that taken care of, so we thought. She had been laying pretty consistently for quite a while, but recently, she has been laying soft shelled eggs, and no hard ones. Her bottom has been swelling up, no feathers, and red.

    The other day she layed another soft shelled egg and afterwards she was walking funny, like she was in pain or uncomfortable. Other than that, she is eating well, seems happy.

    So should I let nature takes its course, or put her down? Neither my dh or I is comfortable with culling her, but will find a way if it looks like that may be the best thing.

    what are your thoughts? will she suffer if we let her die on her own?

    thanks,

    ~Caran
     
  2. Becky_H

    Becky_H Chillin' With My Peeps

    You need to find out if she is internally laying or not. If she is, and she is going to die, then you need to put her down. If you're not comfortable culling, take her to a vet and have her put to sleep. Or the human society -- your local animal control should offer euthanasia for free.
     
  3. chilisweet

    chilisweet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we found a vet close by who treats chickens. We ended up putting her down. She was eggbound and an internal layer. The doctor said she would have died on her own soon. So I'm glad we did it, but it was almost $100!! Money we don't have.

    Oh well.


    RIP Ms. Orpy!

    ~Caran
     
  4. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    So sorry for your loss.
     
  5. Iowa Roo Mom

    Iowa Roo Mom Resistance Is Futile

    Apr 30, 2009
    Keokuk County
    So sorry to hear of your loss... [​IMG]
     

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