|Rosie when we first got to know her.|
Rosie's Health DeterioratesThe day after my previous post I was worried about whether Rosie wouldn't come down the ramp to greet me the next morning, but I was very relieved to open the hen house and see her sitting up on the perch. She ventured out after the others and had been eating pellets throughout that morning.
I took her to the vets, as I didn't want to see her go the same way as poor Didee and to see if it was something we could help with. The vet couldn't be sure of what was causing Rosie to be unwell but suggested a few things we could try to feed her just in case it was a digestion problem.
So we fed her some milky bread and even some fatty beef trimmings - it was a miracle to see her zoom in, snatch the beef and run off to eat it by herself. Her appetite for wheat seeds in the evenings has increased. I've also read that beef-flavoured cat food can help if there is something not right, so I have fed her some of this too. It certainly gave her more solid poos, which was an improvement, as I have needed to give Rosie a few bottom-feather baths lately. (and was so surprised to find that she loves the blow dryer!)
Her comb was looking more red by the weekend, although when she tried to get up onto a stone she stumbled and fell backwards. I think she misjudged the position of the rock shew was trying to stand upon. So she still didn't seem to have a lot of strength. The others did leave her alone which is kind.
Although we have had some sunshine, it has clouded over again and is bitterly cold. Two days ago I had Rosie in the house on my lap and fed her some cooled scrambled egg, which by the end of the day she had eaten the entire thing, so I was very hopeful that she may regain her strength. But when I put her back into the house with the others she could stay on the perch and fell off. So I put her into the nest box for the night. I did notice that her comb and wattle was looking a very blue, red colour - referred to as 'hearty'. This can be a sign that her systems are under a lot of strain.
Then yesterday she stayed in the nest box, wouldn't eat anything, was still looking hearty and shaking her head quite a lot. Sadly she died in the afternoon. Poor little thing.
I really loved our two blue Orpingtons and really wanted to have them as friends for a very long time. I wish they had not been the first to leave us.
|Rosie hated the snow.|
So... looking to the futureWe were planning on getting a new hen to replace our Didee this coming weekend, so I shall phone and see if we can collect two hens instead. I think I will call the new hens Rosie and Didee too.
So hopefully the next post will be more cheerful to read and I can introduce two new hens.