|Jeanette giving the hen fluids|
We lost a chicken last night.
It started at about 2pm when we were out in the barn to feed the critters and collect eggs. Jeanette looked into one of the next boxes and found her. She wasn’t looking good. She was very lethargic, had her eyes closed and was emaciated. She pulled her out and we brought her into the house. We made a concoction of pedilyte, greek plain yogurt and molasses. After about 5cc she perked up a bit and became more alert. About an hour we gave her more. Unfortunately it was too little, too late and she passed around 7pm.
The mystery was what she died of. We checked all of our other hens, much to their chagrin and they were all healthy and of good weight. This was one of our younger hens so chances are she was not egg bound. Not to mention we couldn’t feel anything. Her crop was completely empty as well. However, her comb was purple which leads to the idea that she may have a circulatory problem.
The only other explanation that we can thing of is that she never figured out where the feed was and was trying to subsist on the kitchen scraps and yard waste.
Survival of the fittest I guess.