Two down, one in sick bay...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ValerieJ, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. ValerieJ

    ValerieJ Crowing

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    On Friday, I shared with you all about the eagles attacking our neighborhood chickens. I lost one and had another wounded. I thought my biggest problem was figuring out how to create obstacles in my orchard, where they live, and put some Veterycin on the quarter sized wound, the only wound I could see. Good news! By the next day the wound was a dime size, but my chicken wasn't smelling right and her bum was a mess. Maybe the eagle scared the poop out of her? An Epsom bath couldn't hurt and would give me a better view. She seemed to like it and even perked up a bit. Ok...now the worst is over, right? Oh no....today I go out to check on her and she is laying in the corner of the sick bay pen and smells bad again. Time for another Epsom bath, but this time 20 minutes into the soak I saw a couple dozen dead maggots floating around!!!!!! OMGEEE!!!! Do those thing grow over night?? Why couldn't I see them the day before? She doesn't have any on her now, and my neighbor is picking up Permethrin in town.

    One would think my chickens have been through enough now. But, sadly no... I went out to check on the other girls, who have been acting very scared and been eerily quiet since Friday and couldn't find Rosie. She had been acting the strangest, off on her own and staying under structures during the day. I figured she was traumatized. I was out there early this morning and she was the same. This afternoon she was inside the coop and dead. I cannot see a wound, a bug, a maggot, or any reason at all that she died. I hadn't seen her eat since Friday, but I had seen her drink water.

    Could my week get worse? Rosie, Shirl and Ethel were the 3 of my original flock from 4 years ago. The eagle killed Shirl Friday, Ethel isn't doing well, and now Rosie is gone. Some people might think it's good I didn't lose the younger prolific layers, but not me. I was so attached to those girls.

    I'm so heartbroken I had to come here and share it. You are the only people who actually understand how I feel. Most people around here just raise dual purpose chickens and that's that. I may be in the country, and they may have a whole orchard to roam, but I am a backyard chicken gal.

    Do you think Rosie died of trauma?
     
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  2. HollyWoozle

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    Gosh, I’m so sorry for you! I don’t have anything useful to add I’m afraid but I just wanted to send my condolences.
     
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  3. Amc29

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    I am sorry for your losses and experiencing all that. She may have died of something trauma-related. I have heard of chickens dying of stress.
    As far as the maggots, yes, they do appear overnight. The fly (or whichever insect) lays its eggs and you will see them the next day. Were they in the wound or her dirty bum?
     
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  4. Mybackyardpeepers

    Mybackyardpeepers Crowing

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    I am so very sorry for your losses and what you are going through. Two of my worse fears, predator attacks and out of blue death. I have yet to loose one to a predator, but I have lost babies on a few occasions to overall sickness, etc. (The no clue why cases). My chicks/juveniles/preadults are all my babies, even the ones I have loss before getting to know them. Best of luck with your survivors and lots of hugs and prayers!
     
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  5. ValerieJ

    ValerieJ Crowing

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    They were in her dirty bum, which on closer inspection also looks wounded. Unfortunately I wasn't spraying that with the Veterycin, but have done so now. she is not doing well at all. I forced her to drink a little water with a dropper. It had ACV and probiotics in it. I'm afraid I'll go out to another dead bird tomorrow.

    I need a good cry....or a glass of wine.:confused:

    And thanks for the sympathy. :)
     
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  6. ValerieJ

    ValerieJ Crowing

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    Thanks so much. It helps to have the compassion from other chicken lovers.
     
  7. Mybackyardpeepers

    Mybackyardpeepers Crowing

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    For me I'm sad to say it help to know I'm not the only one who has lost a little one or two. I beat the heck out of myself the very first time I lost two together. :hugs
     
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    ValerieJ Crowing

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    It's so hard and the first time we go through all this we don't know what we don't know and make mistakes. I should have immediately treated Ethel for possible fly eggs. Although she didn't have maggots for even 24 hours it's amazing how sick they made her. She has been getting better. And then there's Rosie. Maybe I should have had her in sick bay too. Thanks for the hug. Right back at ya. :hugs They get into our heart so easily and quickly.
     

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