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RIP Feisty

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@EDDIEKIRK This is a tough one to write.

 

 

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RIP Feisty

Feb. 2017 - May 14, 2021

 

 

 

 

I just lost my hen Feisty this morning. She was a silver laced wyandotte that hatched in Feb. 2017. I'm clueless of how this has happened.

 

 

Yesterday, Feisty was acting and looked normal. She was one of the first hens out in the morning demanding to get her mealworms. She was her normal talkative self. She was eating and drinking like normal. Her comb was bright red. She laid her egg and sang her egg song. She had her afternoon sun/dust bath. My teen chicks are in the old coop now (last night was their first night) and Feisty like normal visited them chatting away. Feisty was my mother hen when she saw babies. During the nightly head count, Feisty was in her normal spot telling everyone to get in the coop like normal. She talks throughout the night and was normal.

 

Then this morning, Feisty was stand offish with the other hens. She's normally one of the first hens rushing out of the coop area. She didn't do her normal reaction when a hen pecked her instead just stood there. Her comb was very pale, but I couldn't find any bleeding. Feisty refused to eat or drink. Feisty wasn't known for being quiet and she was very quiet. She wasn't moving fast. I picked her up and took her in the house and called the vet asap. I was about to call the vet again after waiting a hour for them to call me back when Feisty had a massive seizure. I got her out of the cage and wrapped a towel over her while telling her it'll be ok. Feisty look at me right in my eyes then closed her eyes. I was calling the vet while my son checked for a heartbeat and if Feisty was breathing, she had a heartbeat and breathing but weak.

 

What kind of vet office puts you on hold 3 times when you tell them your hen just had a seizure and is now unresponsive? They are the only vet I could find that sees chickens. When I got to talk to the front desk person again I said I'm bring her in now. When I get there she again puts me on hold. then says the vet will call you.  The vet calls shortly after but unaware of what I've told the front desk person. Once I told her my hen had a seizure and is now unresponsive she asked what spot am I'm in, and I'll be right there. The vet ran to my car and tried to find a pulse, but it was too late.

 

An autopsy would start at $300, I can't afford that.

 

 Feisty's 1st picture 

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Pic below. Feisty on far right. the 1st field trip outside

 

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Feisty's 1st egg

 

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Feisty is being mourned by the entire flock. I watched them go to Feisty's grave and bow their heads. Feisty was mother to most of my flock, seen as a daughter by Sweet (mostly) & Sour, and sister by the rest and is already greatly missed. Her youngest babies (pic above) don't understand why Feisty isn't over talking to them like she has daily.

 

My hens knew something bad happened this morning when my son went to dig Feisty's grave. They went from normal talking, eating, drinking to dead silent. Normally,  they're allowed in the area and feast on the worms/bug and a large area is being hand tilled. Not this time. The area was closed down, a small hole, chicken sized was dug, and flowers including seeds were planted on top then fenced off. When they saw me carrying Feisty to this area, they all stopped talking and either watched or got closer. All were quiet and most bowed their heads. Some got closer then bowed their heads in silence. I did take some pics of a few hens. Sour didn't want anyone, hen nor human, around when she bowed her head to my old guardian dog's spot of death and then slowly walked to Feisty's grave. Sour bowed her head and stayed there for at least 5 minutes without moving. 

 

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Cookies isn't just a thorn my side with her mischievous way. Cookies annoyed Feisty to no end and always after her trying to keep her safe. Despite this Cookies has been by her adopted mother's grave most of the day. 

 

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Classy, sassy, and a bit of a smart assy

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This is so sad, she was one of my favorite hens I sure am sad about her passing. 

 

she looked so much like an eagle to me. Now she flies with them. 

 

May she rest in peace.

 

I love all the care you have taken to give Feisty a resting place. ♥

 

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