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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Comment by Karen Paro on November 24, 2013 at 8:10pm

So sorry that happened   That second hen definitely sounds like egg bound that home remedy doesn't always work. We've lost a few to egg bound and one to prolapsed uterus, we tried the "first aid" too and like you ended up putting her out of her misery. Unfortunately that's part of the life 

I always look forward to spring and the new chicks and ducklings hatching

Comment by Oak Grove Valley Farm on November 25, 2013 at 8:48am

Update on what caused the 2nd hen to die - when my husband put her out of her misery - he cut her open to see if she was eggbound - there were NO eggs inside her.  However, her entire body cavity was filled with a yellow jelly-like substance - he researched it and found an article by Miller Hatcheries called "Ascites (Waterbelly) in Meat Chickens.  The symptoms and what he found inside her matched up exactly.  Based on what we read at www.millerhatcheries.com/informationfactsheets/disease_info/ascites...) we think we figured it out. 

Comment by Oak Grove Valley Farm on November 25, 2013 at 8:50am
Comment by Karen Paro on November 25, 2013 at 7:58pm

That's GREAT to know!!!! Thanks for sharing that

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