RIP Mrs Light Sussex

We were clearing the hens out in the week and we noticed that one of our Light Sussex hens was standing all hunched up and not scrabbling for foods like the others.  So Neil picked her up and we had a look at her.  Her eyes were closing and she started to sneeze, so we thought the best thing to do would be to separate her from the others.  We moved her to the old hen house and put down lots of straw to keep her warm.

The next day she was still alive but hadn’t moved.  A local farmer’s wife had told us that if one of your hens gets poorly again try feeding her some Beechams powders.  We had the “cold and flu” Beechams powder which I thought was quite fitting for a hen with a cold.  I mixed up just a tiny amount and drew it up into a syringe.  Neil wrapped Mrs Light Sussex up in a towel and I gently prized open her beak and squirted the liquid into her.DSC05013

You can see how handsome the white hens are from this picture.  Unfortunately the next day when we went down in the morning to let the hens out, Mrs Light Sussex had died, so we had been unable to save her.

Neil took her body into the woods and left it there for the fox to chance upon.  Now we are down to 12 laying birds and the 2 youngsters, but we are still getting between 7 and 10 eggs a day, inspite of the short days and no artificial light in the hen house, so not bad going.  Must be all the good food they get.  When we have no vegetable peelings for them, we cook up some spaghetti and mix it with layers mash and they absolutely love that!!

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  1. Nikitaland said

    RIP Mrs. Light Sussex… We’re sorry for your loss.

  2. I’m so sorry 😦
    RIP Mrs. Light Sussex

  3. Poor girl, at least she had a good life.

    You must treat your chooks really well to be getting that many eggs in your winter. I know my girls think spaghetti is divine!

    • They are still quite young, only been laying a year, so they haven’t tailed off too much in the egg production this winter, we are lucky.

  4. pobept said

    It seems that sometimes a chicken just gets tired of living and seems to die for no apparent reason, in spite of all we do to heal our hens.
    All my kitchen scraps go to my hens outdoor feeder.

    • I agree, sometimes we just don’t know why a chicken dies. We also feed our kitchen scraps to the hens, they love it and especially if we cook up a bit of spaghetti and add that in too!!

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