Was she old?? :(

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Cluck4Me, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. Cluck4Me

    Cluck4Me Out Of The Brooder

    May 27, 2008
    Hi all!
    Well, I have some very sad news...my favorite RIR hen, Brownie (kids named her!), was found dead in the coop this morning. [​IMG]
    Some of the older/regular members might remember me mentioning how she survived a massive dog attack years ago - her whole back was literally ripped off!
    That tough girl survived and quickly became our family's favorite.
    Over the past month or so I noticed she had a bit of a pasty butt. Even after cleaning her, it progressed to clear, watery (no blood) diarrhea off and on for weeks.
    She hadn't laid an egg for months, which also gave me a clue things were beginning to change. I tried my usual cure-all, yogurt with oats, boiled eggs and it made no difference.
    This past week I wormed everyone, just in case it was part of the problem. Her comb was never blue..and did I mention, she just turned 5 years old two weeks ago?
    About 2 1/2 weeks ago I did purchase layer mash from a different feed store, but to be honest, she was showing signs of irregularity prior to that.
    She was a chick as part of my first flock, so I've never experienced how long a hen can actually live.
    Any thoughts would be most appreciated....everyone love your older cluckers today, because you never know!!
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2009
  2. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    Perhaps something was wrong with the feed...moldy? 5 1/2 is not that old. I have some 6+. Hope you figure it out and so sorry this happened to your girl.
  3. Cluck4Me

    Cluck4Me Out Of The Brooder

    May 27, 2008
    Hi Chickensioux!
    Gosh, I hope it isn't the feed...as my two others have been eating it the same amount of time. They haven't shown signs of trouble yet, but just to be safe, I might run out and get fresh mash...
    Thank you for your reply!!

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