Saturday, April 16, 2011


My beloved Paloma was fine a few days ago,
happy and free-ranging with her flock - 
and this morning I had to watch her die in front of me, 
drowned from thick fluid in her lungs 
after struggling miserably to breathe the past two days.

All this because I had no access to the proper meds to save her.

I am devastated.

I brought this sweet girl home at 8 weeks of age on November 30th, 2009, 
and watched her grow into a huge, beautiful and gentle soul 
with the softest feathers and most demure disposition. 

And now suddenly, she is gone.

And three more girls are sick with the same respiratory ailment
after being fine the whole winter long.

I'm almost ready to throw in the towel,
I can't take any more hits like this, 
it hurts too much.

Good forever night, angel...


Anonymous said...

Ohhh, I'm so sorry... so sorry,,,

AutumnSkyRanch said...

I'm sorry about your hen. Have you put antibiotics in their water? You give it to them for 6 days, I think, then don't eat their eggs for 10 more days. Might be worth doing that now and see if it helps the others. You can get it at your farm supply store in a bottle (it's a liquid). Good Luck.

Terry at HenBlog is a big big help if you have questions about your chickens' health.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

More ((HUGS)) for you.

Foothills Poultry said...

Sorry you lost her. I don't know your situation, but if your feedstores don't care the right meds then have you tried a pet store. If you can find "Fish Mox" it is a great antibiotic for chickens. It is sold for Aquariums, but it is Amoxicillin which a good strong antibiotic. A capsule a day for 5-7 days.