Thursday, January 27, 2011

RIP Beep Beep, I Tried.


my chicken Beep Beep died yesterday in my arms.
I am doing better today, although still really upset ---- i have to foreWARN that the video below is a little bit disturbing, there is a dead chicken, crying , yelling, and grief. It's been a really hard winter for me and I feel that the isolation from other humans has made it even harder. (Which is why i am talking outloud to a video camera everyday, to help keep me sane.) The loss of my animals though, on any level, any animal, any season always makes me extremely upset. Especially when they have to suffer and be sick. I have suffered and been ill, laying on my death bed with celiac sprue before so I know the fear, pain, and peace that comes with the fading of the body.
Beep Beep had something called "sour crop" which I was not able to diagnose till it was too late.

If your chicken is sick and has a bulging chest, lethargic, watery poop, droopy wings, heavy breathing and bad putrid breath they may have sour crop - and can be saved if it is caught early enough! Beep Beep's blockage (which is located below the neck on their chest) was really swollen and huge (felt like a soft rubber stress ball consistency), I tried giving her olive oil with with a dropper, then massaged the swollen crop over and over. She did pass a small amount of it on her own but it was just too much. The advice to hold her on her back and induce vomiting didn't work for Beep Beep at all, nothing came out.
Please read more HERE about this if you suspect your beloved chick might have it.
also... anyone wanting to leave a rude comment on this post will be immediately erased and banned as spam, so please keep this one peaceful.



Jane said...

I am so very sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry, Leslie.
My heart goes out to you.



Angela said...

Oh, I am so sorry. I'm tearing up thinking about my own pets! And as heartless as this sounds, I would go out and get two more little chicks to raise. They will keep you occupied, and you will be even more on guard for problems with your new little ones. We lost our first chick, Daisy, because we kept her in too small a space with the heat lamp. My kids were so upset! I brought home two more (our R Island Rs) and kept an eagle eye on them. It made us all feel better and we (even my husband) watch the girls for any little deviation from the norm. You did your best for Beep Beep and Ms. Butterworth. You gave them a happy life, much MUCH better than any mass-produced chicken experiences.

Peace, Quiet, Joy said...

She was loved and she knew it.
Rest in peace and to the light.

Wild Canary said...

So sorry, Leslie. We have been there...always sad. We never had one with sour crop, so your experience may save someone else precious peep.

Carol said...

Oh, Leslie, you aren't alone! We are all out here, reading your thoughts every day. You have much to be thankful for. A beautiful place to live (mountains, streams and forest), and a bunch of really good looking animals! JuJu, Toots, and your other chickens and ducks look very healthy, all because of you! Loosing a pet is very hard, and Beep Beep looked so happy in your arms when you were petting her. You gave her comfort when she needed it. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

Joe said...

Sorry for your loss.

Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush -Don't Give Up

Kim @ HousetoHomestead said...

I'm so sorry, Leslie. I seriously think you have some very good karma coming your way after this winter!

Joan said...

Oh I am so sorry about Beep Beep. But her short chicken life was perfect.

Anonymous said...

May the Peace of St. Peloponnese be with you in your time of sorrow and misery. Your chicken will be a better place soon.

Bucklin said...

I am very sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing the beauty of your love for your friend with us. Thank you for showing how much you honored both Beep Beep's light and your own emotions. May you and all of your animal companions continue to be blessed by love and compassion.