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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMay 1st, 2016 10:50am (May 1st 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Daphne one of our rescue Brahma's was always a bit quiet - from day one she slept a lot and sometimes stumbled when she preened under her wings - I hoped it was just because she was a bit stressed and getting used to the new surroundings and girls.

    But she's got worse over the last few days and looks to be in pain when she walks, so we took her to the vets on Friday.



    She behaved really well despite been one of the more flighty hens, she's not very used to human contact yet - but that's definitely changing after getting poked and prodded at the vets.  The vet said they couldn't feel anything wrong in the feet or legs, and that it wasn't egg-binding or other lumps so could possibly be a simple sprain/swelling, or something more ominous such as arthritis - even though she's so young -  or some kind of hip defect.

    She's having Loxicom meds injected into her beak every evening (which you can guess she hates, and is quite strongly expressing her displeasure at this!) - which is an anti-inflammatory and pain-reliever for dogs but ok for hens in small doses...  It won't "fix" what's wrong with her but might give some relief and chance for the swelling to go down if it is some kind of muscle injury, say if she jumped down from a perch the wrong way or something like that.

    The vet said after a week we should see how she is - if she's better, great, but if not then the options become "expensive", or "terminal"... :(

    She fell asleep in Helen's arms the first night we gave her the meds.  She is so sweet (Daphne!  Though Helen is too.)



    Fingers crossed for her.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 1st, 2016 3:13pm (May 1st 2016)
     
    Bless her - hope she's feeling better soon. Is she sleeping with the others or on her own? Fingers are crossed!:fingerscrossed::fingerscrossed::fingerscrossed:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 1st, 2016 9:08pm (May 1st 2016)
     
    Poor baby, I hope she will get to feeling better soon too, Neil. Helen and Daphne look so cute in that picture.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd, 2016 7:09pm (May 2nd 2016)
     
    Maybe she realises you're trying to help so is being less flighty. I hope the meds help her out and she starts to feel better soon. xx

    Just as an aside, does her being on meds mean you have to throw all of the eggs away, or are they still safe to eat?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd, 2016 8:51pm (May 2nd 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some meds mean you can't eat the eggs, whereas some you can carry on eating them Kate.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd, 2016 8:34pm (May 3rd 2016)
     
    Yes, I thought that was true of antibiotics but wasn't sure about painkillers. How is she doing today?
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMay 4th, 2016 12:29pm (May 4th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    She's had 5 days of meds and I don't think I see much improvement. :(

    Daphne is so sweet I really want to give her a chance but if she's suffering it might be for the best, but I have been reading up and dislocated hips are quite common and although they don't fully heal the hen can live a 'normal'-ish life. I'm just a bit concerned it could be something more serious - the vet didn't think it was leg/foot related.

    She was always a bit fearful of us but has fallen asleep with Helen on the sofa after her meds these last few nights, and she took some cabbage from my hand yesterday morning which was a huge milestone...

    We'll go back to the vets with her tomorrow evening to see if anything else can be done...

    No worries on the egg front as she's never laid - which in itself "isn't right" as she should be, and could point to more serious issues (though she's not egg-bound).
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 4th, 2016 8:25pm (May 4th 2016)
     
    Oh no, it's really sad that she's not improving, and that it has taken this for her to start to trust you and bond. I hope she isn't suffering and that she can get through this and be with you a little while longer.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMay 5th, 2016 1:52pm (May 5th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Probably only until tomorrow (Friday). :(
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 5th, 2016 11:27pm (May 5th 2016)
     
    :face-crying:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMay 6th, 2016 10:09am (May 6th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It's totally shit... I'd kind of got my hopes up after reading about hens coping quite well with dislocated / damaged hips (they walk with a hobble and use their wings for balance, but are happy and can live a normal life), and although Daphne hasn't got 'better' as such, she appeared to be eating and drinking.

    Last night we had her out on the lawn after her meds at about 9pm - it was just getting dark so they'd all gone to bed, and only Ariel got up to see if I was bringing treats. Daphne ate quite a lot of sunflower hearts (which the hens like more than meal-worms amazingly), and I was getting tea ready (so late due to work, then voting, then paying a plumber etc) and Helen was watering the plants in the garden and noticed Daphne had gone - after worrying it was a fox she found her, she'd walked up to the coop, obviously had enough food and wanted to go back to bed, so hobbled the few yards to the run door! She stood there whilst I picked her up, opened the coop up and put her to bed.

    She is so incredibly sweet it makes it all the more sad. This morning I wanted to see if she was moving ok, but she's mostly sat hunched up, and when I put sunflower hearts in a bowl next to her, she closed her eyes and wasn't interested. :(
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 6th, 2016 6:58pm (May 6th 2016)
     
    Bless her, poor thing...:face-crying:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2016 12:23am (May 7th 2016)
     
    That's so sad. It would be lovely to have a Hollywood ending where it all works out well, but sadly real life rarely does that and reality is cruel and heartbreaking. I'll still hope for Hollywood though.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2016 9:02pm (May 7th 2016)
     
    Daphne looks in a bad way. She has been in that nest since at least early evening. She has gradually sunk down.
    Renee has checked on her from time to time.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2016 8:11am (May 8th 2016) edited
     
    Daphne is still in the nest box facing away from the light.
    Ariel has come in and joined her in the box. Looks a bit of a squash!

    Have I made a mistake ?
    The whiteness of Ariel shows me the other hen is brown - I thought that dusky colour was the dimness of the shed.
    That hen snuggled in could be Mabel.

    But where is Daphne?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2016 10:07am (May 8th 2016)
     
    Ah, here's Neil. Lots of yummy treats being served to the girls.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2016 10:16am (May 8th 2016) edited
     
    Just before Neil came, I watched Mabel reach through to the other nest box where Arial had laid her egg, and Mabel rolled the egg over ino her own box. Amazing!

    I take it that she is broody...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2016 10:26am (May 8th 2016)
     
    But where is Daphne?
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMay 9th, 2016 12:19pm (May 9th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    On Friday evening, the sun was out and it was a lovely evening - we got home early from work and let Daphne out onto the lawn to sit in the sun and eat grass, mealworms and sunflower seeds, whatever she wanted.

    She also had some time wrapped in a towel and cuddled on the sofa with Helen, before having a bit more time out in the sun.

    When it was time, we took her to the vets (this time a younger guy) and explained how her leg hadn't got any better - the vet was lovely, kind and gentle with her, took our word for things so didn't unnecessarily stress her out and actually seemed to want to find out the root cause of her problem.

    He quickly pointed out that she had restricted blood flow in her leg - he showed us how one foot was cold, the other warm, and also the normal one had a pink-ish tinge to the skin, the other didn't. He said at that point that it wasn't a simple injury or hip problem, which is why the meds hadn't really worked (other than for pain relief) - the problem was something pressing on the main artery to her leg. He explained that it was likely to be a tumour or cancerous growth, and that even though they could x-ray to confirm this, it wouldn't really change the outcome, and it would just pro-long things.

    We took the decision to have her humanely put to sleep - we were both gutted as she was an absolutely lovely little (huge!) hen, but it was for the best.

    She's not in pain now.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMay 9th, 2016 12:29pm (May 9th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Forgot to say, after Maude's brief stint of broodiness, Mabel is now broody, which is why she is in the nest-box a lot of the time and is fluffed/flopping (looks half-dead but isn't)...

    I've been taking her off the nest and making sure she eats/drinks and has no eggs so hopefully she'll get the message before long.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 9th, 2016 5:08pm (May 9th 2016)
     
    :face-crying:So sorry about Daphne, but how lovely that you found such a nice vet to look after her at the end. Sleep well, little one. :heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 9th, 2016 7:46pm (May 9th 2016)
     
    I'm so sorry about Daphne and agree CC - it must've been reassuring to know that the vet was able to confirm that the likelyhood was something very sinister and you were making the best decision for her. She had a lovely life with you - especially these last couple of weeks where she got to spend 'cuddle' time with Helen and be thoroughly spoilt. It doesn't really take away the sadness though does it. Sleep soundly Daphne, and have a great time scratching around at the Rainbow Bridge.
    :face-crying: :heart:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2016 4:31pm (May 14th 2016)
     
    So sorry to hear about Daphne she was a beautiful hen xxxx
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 15th, 2016 12:07am (May 15th 2016)
     
    I'm so sorry you lost Daphne, Neil.:face-crying: