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So it is getting dark early here now and we try and lock up around sundown.  I posted about having problems with a Neighbor recently. So we are out doing our feeding and tucking everyone in for the night. We are on the last pen the birds are going up to perch and we hear a thump.  Not unusual it takes them a while to figure out who's going to go where. But I hear some flapping then other birds jump on that bird and when we stop and turn the birds down, I mean down and not getting up.  So I picked her up checked her out, tried blowing in her face. That what that eyes closed she's gone.  Now this group didn't get to go out today and I am so thankful that it happened in front of me because I would not want to think my Neighbor did her in. I looked her over good she a Buff Orpington was heavy for her size.  Looked her all over for signs of damage or mites or anything not right. Her vent looked a little open but I don't know what it is suppose to look like on a good day.  So the only thing I have not done is worm.  I hear pumpkin was a natural wormer but we never got any. So If I go and worm them how soon would you eat the eggs and would you eat that days eggs.  What's the window?  Any thoughts on my bird would be welcome.  I have NPIP folks coming out this week I guess I should tell them. Thoughts?

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With such sudden death and few symptoms, I would suspect a heart attack. I doubt the problem is contagious (likely hereditary or just random in this bird), and wouldn't worry about your other birds unless you start to see further problems. 

 

Worms probably weren't the cause. However, if you want to worm them, two good choices are Valbazen and Safeguard. You can generally find either of those two medications at a livestock supply store or order them online. I believe the Safeguard paste dosage is just a pea sized amount, but I'm not sure about the Valbazen (never used it before). Hopefully, another member with the dosage knowledge will come along. There is a withdrawal period of two weeks for both Valbazen and Safeguard.

Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken and rabbit care, breeds, and showing! I'm always happy to help!

 

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts."

--William Shakespeare

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Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken and rabbit care, breeds, and showing! I'm always happy to help!

 

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts."

--William Shakespeare

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Thank you Bantamlover, I will check and see what horse wormers I have and see if they match up or check back for further info on those. When you say 2 week withdraw you mean don't eat eggs for those two weeks is that how long it takes to run out of system?  And what about hatching those eggs would that be a bad idea?  Can the dogs eat them?

 

Yea I thought Heart Attack too...... poor thing lights out...  

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