Isabella died today. She hurt her leg about a week ago, and, being a large heavy chook, she couldn’t walk, just shuffled around. The vet diagnosed a dislocated hock tendon, and took an x-ray this morning to see what could be done, but Isabella never recovered from the anaesthetic. She was 2 years and 8 months old, having been hatched on 29th May 2011, along with sister Daisy, and brothers Angel and Jarvis Cockerel (see the posts Croad Langshans: hatching update & Croad Langshans).
Isabella’s plight is eerily reminiscent of Daisy’s hock injury when she was just a few months old, and although she lived for a year after becoming disabled, I cannot in truth say that she had a good quality of life. Perhaps it is for the best that Isabella went to sleep this morning and did not wake up again.