Homesteading, Organic Gardening, How to Farm, Preparedness, Self-Reliance
We lost a Buff Orpington hen to prolapsed uterus problems. We tried to doctor her a couple of times, but it kept prolapsing and it was not good. We put her out of her misery. In all our years with chickens this was a first prolapsed uterus case.
Yesterday we lost our 2nd hen - a Barred Rock. We are not sure what was wrong with her. Last weekend we thought it was a condition the internet called "egg bound" - she was acting lathargic and almost broody except not laying on eggs. We applied a moist heat treatment to her according to a treatment we had read about, that didn't seem to do anything for her. She seemed like she was getting better. Always made it into the roosts at night, but during day would seem lathargic alot. When I got to coop yesterday she was in the yard sitting with her head down - in fact when I first saw her I thought she was dead.
The other chickens had pecked at her head and it was bleeding. She was very weak, didn't want to move. I removed her from the coop pen and took her to the shed. I knew I would need to wait for my husband to finish the job. I just couldn't.
So this is our first 2 losses of chickens - down to 24 now. We are hoping that is our last losses except from old age. They are laying now - getting about 6 eggs a day. Some days we get more.
So far we've been successful at keeping our poultry protected from predators with the shelters we've built and the electric poultry netting, but we couldn't protect them from illness.
Can't imagine how I will feel when we add pigs and cows to the farm and I have to be prepared for those types of losses.
Hats off to all you farmers out there. I much prefer the highs of "first eggs" or "new chicks" over the death of an animal.
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