Angel chicken died today...

by Cheryl
(Austin TX)

R.I.P. Angel chicken.

R.I.P. Angel chicken.

Angel was a good chicken, 3 years old , from our first batch we ever had. We named her Angel because she grew white feathers out of her fluff first.

She was a top of the pecking order chicken, confident but not mean to the others, golden headed and pretty. Her only nest mates left are Tiramisu and Rooster (who is a hen actually).

She gave little warning of her illness. She seemed fine earlier today but by the time I figured out she had Ascites and tried to drain her, her lungs had filled up with fluid. She gurgled and coughed and then flapped her wings in a sudden convulsion and died.

Did the heart failure cause the Ascites, or did the Ascites cause the heart failure? I don't know, but she was a good girl and we will miss her.

I wish I could have saved her.

Rest in Peace ANGEL! !🐔👼

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May 25, 2015
Ascites and chickens.
by: Cath

Hi Cheryl,

Thank you for sharing your story of Angel chicken. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Ascites is not something I've ever had to deal with - luckily. I know it's something that happens especially in large breed meat chickens but it's also a factor in a lot of other illnesses. It's not an infection but just a kind of wearing out of the internal organs, as far as I know.

I've also read that it can be caused by excessive heat which puts a strain on the heart and that leads to heart failure, which in turn leads to the build-up of fluids.

It isn't curable, as far as I know. Draining makes the hen more comfortable but it doesn't deal with the underlying problem, so chickens who develop this have to be drained regularly.

One of the problems with sick chickens is that they're very good at hiding it, so often we don't know there's anything wrong until it's just too late to do anything about it. It sounds like that's what happened with Angel.

Don't be hard on yourself. You obviously loved Angel a lot and she will have had a good life with you. I'm sad for your other chickens - chickens are very sociable birds and I am sure they will miss her.

I'm thinking of you and sending thoughts across the miles to you.

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