Jasmine has gone

Jasmine perched on the edge of the cat box for about an hour looking as if she was dozing. She then  had a bit of a last hurrah. She had a wonder around the bathroom. I put her in front of her dish of treats and she looked like she might eat some.

I then realised she was picking up seeds and dropping them again. I realised that when I thought she was coming to the treats she probably wasn’t actually eating them.

I picked her up and she felt very thin underneath her fluffy feathers. I could feel a crackle in her breast and hear a crackle in her breathing.

I put her back in the cat box and she settled but her breathing her was very very shallow. When I next checked on her she was on her side and I knew that she was gone.

My lovely husband said that he would bury her for me. Sadly the chicken’s strip is filling up. This has been a heartbreaking year for losing girls. This is five this year and now we are down to seven. Jasmine was our last silky girl.

Jasmine has gone

My husband planted an aquilegia seedling on top of Jasmine. I suppose Jasmine was on borrowed time with her heart murmur. She was diagnosed with a heart murmur in May this year so we have had her for another six months. We are not sure if it was her heart or the dreaded myco but she was struggling to breath.

Jasmine was such a feisty little girl and I will miss her terribly. I will do a tribute to her tomorrow when I have looked through my photos. Jasmine was such a lovely little character. We have had her for a year and a half which is much too short a time. Goodbye sweet little Jasmine.

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6 Responses to Jasmine has gone

  1. marion says:

    Once again so sorry to hear this news, you have had so much heart ache this year.
    It is all very sad.

    • Carol says:

      It has been a heartbreaking year in the chicken run this year. This was a post of two halves so just checking that you read the first one as it has the last photos of Jasmine. In the run she looked terrible but indoors she seemed to perk up a little at first and then returned to looking like those first photos. I kept hoping that she would bounce back but it wasn’t to be. She was such a little sweetie. The flock seemed very small at bedtime tonight.

  2. Sophie says:

    I’m so so sorry Carol! 🙁 xxxxxx

    • Carol says:

      I know. I kept hoping it was the moult and the cold and that she might get through it but I think that was wishful thinking. It’s so upsetting. It’s hard to look at the flock and not see the girls that have gone. xxxxx

  3. david says:

    Hi, Carol
    Have only just picked this up. So very sorry – you must feel drained, but always take some solace from the fact that you give all your birds the best life they could have: your care and attention are second to none. Better times will lie ahead. X

    • Carol says:

      You are right, it is draining. It seems to have been one after the other recently and Cinnamon and Jasmine went down so quickly. I really hope that will be the end of it for a while. I feel like I can’t bare any more losses. X

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