Saturday, 30 June 2007

Coop de grace proves fatal for Warrington hen

Taihen, the chicken injured when her Warrington hen house blew away
during the overnight snow and wind storm of 23-24 June, died
peacefully by euthenasia administered by a vet on Friday 29 June. She
had received a severe blow to the upper spine causing paralysis in her
legs and damage to a wing. In spite of maintaining a stiff upper beak
for several days, and eating and drinking well, with the colder
weather late in the week she was exhibiting classic signs of hen
morbidity (drooping tail and comb) in her final hours. Taihen was
interred on Saturday while her four sisters looked on.

by the editors

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