Sunday, April 8, 2012

And Then There Were Five.......

Bringing the new pullets home Friday brought my total number of chickens to 6 - a number manageable only because they are bantams, and so small.


Dolly was fine yesterday morning, but by early afternoon was very sick, with labored breathing and, much  more than lethargy - she couldn't hold her head up and only opened her eyes a couple of times. I immediately put everyone on Sulmet in their water, and began forcing some down Dolly with a syringe.  She was much worse by last night, and this morning when I got up, she was gone.  (None of the other birds are showing any symptoms)

To be fair, she had a bout with something similar, but less severe,  about 2 or 3 weeks ago, and snapped out of it overnight on the Sulmet - which I kept everyone on for a week after that.   When the new birds came in, they went right into a quarantine cage, and I practiced rigorous 'hand hygiene."  (I do work in a hospital, after all)   I don't believe in coincidences, so I figure she either picked up a virus they brought in, especially if she was in a weakened condition from her earlier symptoms, or something regenerated her illness from before.

But why is it always your favorite?

She was quite a little character, and will be missed.


  1. Awww.
    I'm so sorry for the loss of your little bird. I've not lost one of mine before. I wouldn't know what to do with it...don't mean to sound blunt. But do you bury, burn, ...what? I know you can't eat one. I know that sounds terrible. But I wonder these things, I'm so new to chicken keeping.
    I have a few favorites and I guess...I just don't know what I'd do.

    --thank you for sharing this post. I'll be watching and reading more.
    Pat (CimCP)

  2. No problem. I live in town and it is supposed to be against the law to bury animals here, but...... I turned over the compost heap, dug a hole, buried her wrapped in a towel, then covered the hole and forked the compost back over the top. I would definitely bury (deeply) a bird that died of a sickness. You don't want any chance the others might catch it. Burning - if you live in the country - might draw animals to the smell of "cooking?" and then you could have varmints digging through your burn pile. Just speculation, but I would want to take every precaution.

    Yes, Dolly had such a sweet, friendly personality. She really lit up the coop!

    1. I'm so sorry Deb. She was my favorite too!! Will you be giving Jasmine a first lady name?

  3. Was she laying? She may have had a broken egg inside, which perforated something vital. I have a friend who's lost a few chickens to this - no explanation - it just happens. That doesn't make it any easier to take, though.

    Sorry the bright little light is gone, but maybe one of the new ones will step into her place...