One of my poor girls has been sick for a while. She is old.
When she was too weak to get up into the roost last night I thought that this morning I would be saying good bye to her. She is still struggling.
Is there anyone who can help in this situation. I remember hearing once of a company who came to collect chooks from people who no longer wanted them. I think we unfortunately might need to euthanise her. :( :(
A fraught situation especially if she is a loved pet. Apart from paying a vet. for a lethal injection there's wringing her neck (strong hands and stomach needed for that one) or shooting. Neither are likely to be practical.
Or you could leave nature to do its work in its own way and allow her to pass over with her friends in familiar territory.
Thank you Elaine. You made it sound like trusting nature to work in her own magical way, the best way to go.
Thanks for your reply Susanne.
I have been doing the same. It is comforting to see her gently close her eyes when I stroke her. She finds her own comfort in that.
I'm glad I posted. Some helpful comments here.
We've had our chooks for about 7 years now. One died naturally... just dropped dead over night without warning, another one was suffering from bad legs for a long time. We took her to the vet, and he decided to put her down, cost around $50 to see the vet, no cost for putting her down about 5 years ago.. thinking back, we should have taken her to the vet earlier to reduce suffering, but it was really hard to do at the time... she was our favorite too...
There's four chooks left, and we see one of them seem to fall asleep all the time, and we can see a tumor on one of her wings, but we couldn't decide whether to take her to the vet for fear of bad news since she doesn't seem to be in any sort of pain, and active when she's not sleeping..
That's good to know Florence. Thank you.
After seeing your great comments and writing my reply to Susanne, I went out to check on Little Henny Penny.
She has passed.
You know, I really think that the way she closed her eyes when I gave her a little pat this morning, before taking the kids to school, may have been the last time she closed them. Bless.
Her body was still warm but life force had left.
I have returned inside after having a ritual burial in the yard and saying some prayers together with my two remaining girls.
A sad day, but I am glad if this has ended any pain that she may have been in.
Thanks so much for the comments here.
I am pleased that this situation worked itself out as the Universe usually does if left to its own devices. We do feel we need to help nature along at times - I have had some dogs put down and although I held their 'hands' during the injection, taking them to the vet and away from home is not the best for them.
The down side of sharing your life with non-verbal animals. The upside though, is the hours of pleasure they give to us and the knowledge that somehow we have enriched their lives too.
Elaine, yet again more wise words some younger folk may never had such advise,bloody good job.
What a sad little story :( Sitting here crying.
When a beloved pet gets sick the vet is the best place to take it in my experience. If it's suffering it's best to put it down humanely asap. A gift we don't yet offer our own sadly. I work with dementia folk and the end can sometimes be beyond comprehension.