Wednesday, March 10, 2010

not a perfume post

My favourite hen was found dead this morning in the coop.  I'm afraid that I didn't take care of her enough - they are all battling mites and maybe it was just too much for her.

I feel horrible and horribly inadequate, and so does the Moth.  When he went to open the coop and found her, he came running into the house in tears (he's more sensitive than I am about things in general and I love him for it)

RIP my sweetest Daisy.

18weeks - Daisy the Buff Orp

7 comments:

  1. So sorry that happened. It is very upsetting! That has happened to us too and we never could figure out what was the cause.

    I have read about egg bound chickens and other problems, but I know it would be unlikely for me to notice things like that.

    Once Kristine opened the nest box to check for eggs and one of the hens was stretched out like a rubber chicken. Another time a rooster came running and dropped dead at my husbands feet.

    Sometimes I think they have heart attacks? If your other hens are OK then you may never know the cause.

    Hope you take some time to treat yourself and that you have a good day tomorrow.

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  2. So sorry to hear that. We have a goldfish pond and get very sad when a heron takes one (or more, or all) of our fish. It happens sometimes in spite of our best efforts. I know they're not cats or dogs and don't sleep in the bed or sit in your lap but they're pets just the same.

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  3. I'm so sorry about your hen. We don't make pets of our cows, either (there are 240 of them, you can't do it), but I hate it when we lose one.

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  4. I'm so sorry, BF. It's hard enough to lose a favorite animal, and worse when you feel responsible. When I lived on a farm a few years back, I remember opening the shed door and finding a stray cat that somehow gotten trapped and died in there. Oh, it was just the very worst feeling.

    She was a very beautiful chicken-- I'm sure you gave her a good life.

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  5. So sorry about your chicken, BF, but don't be too hard on yourself. I had a cat once whose kittens died because she wasn't feeding them properly, and I didn't notice because I was at work most of the day, and assumed all was normal.

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  6. Oh Frida - don't feel bad. Sometimes these rotten things happen and its not our fault at all!

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  7. Thanks everyone...I really appreciate your kind words and thoughts re: Daisy. She was the sweetest hen ever.

    I haven't been posting much because I then got the sicks pretty bad - feeling better today, so hopefully they'll be a perfume post upcoming!

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