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I woke up this morning to my Silver Laced Wyandotte dead in the coop. She was barely a year old. Up until finding her dead she seemed very healthy, like a normal chicken. She had laid an egg the day before. I just want to make sure that this isn't a sign of anything that could pose a threat to my other chickens. I don't want to start finding chickens dead all over the place. Are there any signs of disease that I could check the body for? Anything I could do?

 

Down to 7 Chickens now.

 

I've considered that it might have been a heart attack or something of that nature.

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There is no way to tell without lab work.

There are about 15 diseases that can cause sudden death in chickens.

My recommendation is to not guess and send the bird for a necropsy so you know how to deal with your remaining flock.

 

There's a lab at Murray State and one at U of K.

 

Breathitt Veterinary Center

Murray State University

715 North Drive

Hopkinsville, Kentucky 42240

Phone: 270-886-3959 Fax 270-886-4295

 

University of Kentucky, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

1490 Bull Lea Rd

Lexington, Kentucky 40511

Phone: 859-257-7489 Fax 859-255-1624

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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