Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sad Times at Happy Days Farm.

It has been a really hard week for us. Last Monday, our sweet little Missy starting wheezing. We took her to the vet on Tuesday, and they gave us antibiotics for her, but said she was probably not going to make it. When we got home that day, we found our precious little Joanie dead in the coop. We were so scared that we were working with a contagious illness that would wipe out all our babies. The next day, Missy died to.

They did a autopsy on Joanie immediately, and she died of a blood clot that burst in her liver and bled out into her abdomen. This meant that it was an independent event and as the doctor put it, 'crummy timing.' She called Joanie a time bomb, and said that they blood clot had probably been there since she was in the egg, and it was just a matter of time before it burst.  We put all the chickens on a round of antibiotics just to be safe and have a jump on it if any others starting getting sick.


It has been one week today since Missy died, and so far we haven't seen any signs of sickness in the others. I think they have been mourning a little. Chachi seems to call for Joanie, who was his favorite, when he is out digging for worms. It is sad, and our coop feels incomplete now. We had just gotten everybody grown and laying eggs. Joanie was my first hen, and Missy was a sickly little baby her first week, and I had to nurse her in the house for about two weeks before she started doing better. Not that all my chickens aren't special to me, but these two held a unique place in our hearts.                                                                                        Our little family was happy. 



We will miss you little ladies!












http://happydaysfarm.blogspot.com/
Brittany

10 comments:

  1. I am sorry for the loss. It just never gets any easier. Give the other chickens extra love. I hope you all feel better soon

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  2. Awww, this breaks my heart! To some their "only" chickens... but to others (like me) - they become part of your family, your everyday routine! What beautiful hens they are.. Keeping you in my thoughts.

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  3. So sorry Brittany. What a nice tribute to them both you have shared here tho.

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  4. I am so sorry for your loss, Brittany. Your post brought tears to my eyes. I am sure they had wonderful lives with you.

    Hugs,
    Sonja♥

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  5. I'm so sorry. We've been there also. It's been years since some of our favorites (all of them) have crossed over and we still cry over our loss.

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  6. I'm so sorry for your loss. I recently lost a beloved hen after a long battle with internal laying, so I know how hard it is. It seems like it does take the others a while to adjust, but eventually they will get back to normal. So sad to lose two so close together. You're in my thoughts!

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  7. Meredith/GreenCircleGroveDecember 19, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Oh, how sad. I'm very sorry. This is a lovely tribute to your girls.

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  8. I am so sorry for your loss. I know when our Sylvia was attacked and killed by a neighbor's dog (her son put the dog in our fenced in backyard, not sure why) our other chicken (we only had two) took it very hard and was depressed for some time. Lots of hugs and loving brough her through though. I hope your all your hearts (human and bird) can heal with time.

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  9. So sorry for your loss. Love your photo's of them, they were beautiful ladies!

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  10. So sorry for you Brittany. They sure had a good life at your farm. That's the hardest part of having pets . . . when they're gone. Thank you for sharing their story and pictures with us. That's an important part of the grieving process. You're in my prayers. ~Katie

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