I have an almost-dead chicken. :( →
I don't know what happened, but Porkchop is lying in the yard, head on the ground, near death. There have been raccoons around, but I've been locking the coop at night. Last night I forgot, but I didn't hear her scream, as she always does when raccoons get into the coop.
I also don't know -- and this is the part I feel terrible about -- how long she's been there. I've been getting home after dark, so it's possible that she's been right there for a couple days and I didn't even know it.
It's clear that she won't survive. She's still breathing, but there's no life in her. Since it's a weekend, the vet hospital wants to charge me $200 just to walk in the door, on top of the euthanasia fee, and they won't bill me. I can't pay that much.
They just gave me another list of numbers to call.
I feel horrible. There's nothing I can do for her. I don't want to move her, because she looks like she's as comfortable as she can be. I wish she'd slip away quickly so I could bury her, but I'm afraid it's going to be a long day.
I don't know what to do.