Holy Crap. I had a huge post written out and somehow I deleted it. Not good! So I will try my best to rewrite what I wrote, but the 3rd glass of wine is not helping!
Yesterday, my beloved hen Henny-Penny died. She was listless and hunched on Thanksgiving. My husband took her in the garage and we put a heat lamp on her. I fed her by dropper to help keep her hydrated. I shifted her on her side after her leg became stiff. I covered her with an old t-shirt to help keep her warm. She was fast in decline. I scoured the chicken forums to see if I could do anything to help her. I gave her a warm bath, it just cleaned her up a bit. She always had a poopy butt. Gross, I know, but I bathed her every few months to keep the poop from cementing onto her butt feathers. Henny-Penny was henpecked by the other 2 hens, so she was my favorite, my underdog. She gave a lot of enjoyment in her short life. I hope I made a difference. I had no idea what killed her, but now I think it was egg yolk peritonitis. So I contacted the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory at UCONN. The have a courier service available to pick up dead hens for necropsy. But they weren’t able to get to us that day. My option was to send Henny-Penny via UPS overnight to the UCONN lab. It worked out OK as I wasn’t too keen on burying her with all the digging animals that visit us in the night. So I double bagged her and boxed her up. It was sad. She was a beloved member of the family. Now I’m just waiting for the necropsy report. Hopefully, there is nothing that will impact my existing flock of Daisy (the bitch) & Lola. Still, even though she was just a chicken, Henny-Penny had a funny personality. She had a huge comb and was always the last to get the treats. But she enjoyed them with gusto. Godspeed Henny-Penny, I loved you the most!