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BARRED ROCK CHICKENS
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SHIRLEY    Posted 03-11-2003 at 07:07:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I HAVE A BARRED ROCK CHICKEN AND ROOSTER-PETS-4 YRS. OLD WHAT IS THE LIFE EXPECTANCY FOR THESE BIRDS? MY CHICKEN "PENNY" HAS BEEN VERY QUIET, AND SLEEPING A LOT THE PAST WEEK . OLD AGE ? I ALSO HAVE AN "EMBDEN" GOOSE "LUCY" WHO HAS LAID 4 EGGS SO FAR THIS SEASON. ONE IS HUGE. MEASURES 9 1/4 X 11 1/2 AND WEIGHS APPROX . 1 LB SHE LAID ONE LAST FALL ALMOST AS BIG, AND LAID ON THE COUCH FOR 3 DAYS AFTER,COULD HARDLY MOVE. I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO LOSE HER. THIS TIME SHE IS OK AND HAS LAID ONE SINCE IS THIS NORMAL ? SHIRLEY


Carol Lee Carr    Posted 12-26-2008 at 05:20:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My rooster Willie is 13 years old.....was hatched at my place in 1996....and had a partner who passed away, recently....named Millie, an Arracauna hen. Willie is Polish, part Banty...and very beautiful. Millie was eight.

Willie misses her terribly.....I keep him clean, always with fresh water, and clean food....and lettuce and corn on the cob...he has been a total joy in my life.


Tom A    Posted 03-11-2003 at 11:41:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Shirley:

I can't speak for the goose as we don't have any. But I'd guess laying an egg like you describe must be an ordeal...I'd probably lay around for 3 days, too.

We've got Dominique chickens, close cousins of your Barred Rocks. "The books" say they'll live up to about 8 years, but that is old.

We got our first ones as chicks four years ago, and get a few more chicks each year. The first batch are definitely my wife's pets. We didn't lose any the first two years; starting the third year we lost one every once in awhile. We now have I believe 8 of the original 15. Most times, they just seem to get tired, sleep a lot...some will wheeze. We found a nutty vet (nutty in a good way) who looked at the first ones for us, and basically said they were healthy (well, she actually said they were overweight but...) and were just getting older and succumbing to minor illnesses they would normally fight off if younger. Like people, some just live longer than others.

We've gone antibiotic route on some of the first ones, and maybe stretched lifespan a little but I'm not sure it was worth it. Seems it is best to let her sleep and pass away quietly rather than getting her all riled up trying to treat her with something that might only give a few weeks anyway.

That's been our experience. You might find a vet that will look at a pet chicken--we called quite a few vets before we found one that would though (a chicken?!? are you kidding?). But it sounds to me like she may be nearing her time.

Tom A


SHIRLEY    Posted 03-11-2003 at 15:43:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
TOM A---THANKS FOR YOUR HELP--"PENNY" PASSED AWAY IN MY ARMS THIS AFTERNOON. SHE WAS HAVING A HARD TIME TO BREATH,AND WASN'T EATING OR DRINKING AT ALL. BUT---SHE HAD THE BEST,AND HEAVIEST ,COAT OF FEATHERS, THAT SHE HAS EVER HAD.THAT WAS WHY I THOUGHT SHE WASN'T VEY SICK, UNTIL THE LAST FEW DAYS. SHE WAS ONLY 4, SO NOW THE ROOSTER "PEPPER" IS ALONE ,AND CRYING ALL THE TIME. I KNOW ,AS PEOPLE SAY ,IT IS ONLY A ROOSTER !-------BUT THEY WERE NEVER APART,BOTH VERY SMART,SO HE WILL REALLY MISS HER.THANKS AGAIN SHIRLEY


I'm very sorry    Posted 03-12-2003 at 04:12:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
"It's only a rooster" isn't anything I'd say. As I said, we've got quite a few pet chickens so I understand and I'm sorry. But it was her time, and she went in a nice way--being held by somebody who loved her.

You might try to find him another companion. Roosters really need something to "take care of."

good luck,
Tom A


shirley    Posted 03-12-2003 at 05:25:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP. YOU SOUND LIKE A VERY KIND AND CARING PERSON.NICE TO FIND ,IN THIS WORLD THAT WE LIVE IN. THANKS AGAIN SHIRLEY PS I HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DIGITAL PICTURE THAT I TOOK OF THE TWO OF THEM LAST WEEK IF YOU WOULD CARE TO SEE IT


Tom A    Posted 03-12-2003 at 10:08:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Shirley:

Thanks, you overestimate me!

But please feel free to either email the picture to me, or post it on this board on the "pictures" pages and let us know it is there. We all like to share our "critter pictures." Somewhere on that page is a pic of me with some of my little four-legged family!

Tom


SHIRLEY    Posted 03-12-2003 at 14:19:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
TOM A-------- I AM NOT TOO GOOD ON THE COMPUTER. COULDN'T FIND YOU.IF YOU SEND ME YOUR E-MAIL I WILL SEND SOME PICTURES SHIRLEY


shirley    Posted 03-12-2003 at 05:25:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP. YOU SOUND LIKE A VERY KIND AND CARING PERSON.NICE TO FIND ,IN THIS WORLD THAT WE LIVE IN. THANKS AGAIN SHIRLEY PS I HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DIGITAL PICTURE THAT I TOOK OF THE TWO OF THEM LAST WEEK IF YOU WOULD CARE TO SEE IT


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