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Had to have one of the girls put down

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Just back from the vet without one of the girls, unfortunately. As I'd posted on the eggs forum earlier in the week, our sussex light hybrid had always been an erratic layer but recently we'd had shell-less eggs (that were getting eaten) then nothing at all for a week now.

 

She was happy and healthy, eating well, scratching around and not looking sick but clearly something wasn't right in the egg department so I took her to a specialist poultry vet this morning who found a tumour in her uterus. While he could have extended her life for a while by various means, she would never have been productive and would probably have started to decline, so we decided it was best if she was euthanised.

 

It means Bette, our Columbian Black Tail is now on her own - how quickly should we look to introduce one or two new pullets?

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Aww, sorry to read about your girlie, but you did the best thing.

As for getting new ones I think you can get them straight away, but allowing the separation period for if they have any nasties on them, but I'm sure someone will be along that can advise you better.

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Oh, thats such a shame but I think you did the right thing by her. If you are happy to I would;t delay in getting new girls if you have a way of keeping them separate for a bit for intros, mainly because chickens don't like being on their own. Good luck.

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