The hen that passed seemed fine up til yesterday. When I got off of work and came home, I let the flock with this hen out of the coop to run around the yard. They always stampede out but she didn't budge from where she was standing inside.
She was breathing heavy and the back few "spikes" of her comb had darkened. I coaxed her toward the water and she just went back to a cool spot and stayed there for the evening, opting out of joining the rest inside the coop for the night. She made a few coughing noises while I watched her resting.
This morning she was lethargic but drinking, and when I came home on my lunchbreak to check on her, she was gone.
She went in a pretty dignified way, and it looked like the rest of the flock left her alone.
Does anyone have any ideas what this could have been? It seems so fast to me. My wife is the most sensitive to watching for that stuff. Unfortunately she is also insanely busy during the school year since she is a teacher. I dont see her til 7-10 several nights a week so she doesnt have time to hang out and really observe them, so it falls to me.
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