Hi All, I lost a chicken today. I have not noticed anything wrong with her except that her comb looked a bit floppy to one side and dry. It was not dark at all. She was super active and healthy over the weekend when free ranging. Any ideas? I am a bit freaked out right now for my other 3 girls ;o/
Chicken died with no symptoms
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Was she laying? Sudden death can be from different things. Here are a couple of possibilities.
Sometimes an egg bound hen can die if not treated for egg binding within 24 hours. They will typically show some subtle symptoms. http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/egg-binding-symptoms-treatment-and-prevention
Other possibilities are heart attack.
Sometimes there is no way of finding out without an necropsy.
I'm very sorry for your loss
And there really is no way to know unless you were to have a necropsy done, it could be any one of many things. You have probably already buried her but for future ref, since you are here in CA you can get one done for free by the state poultry pathology labs. Here is a site with the locations. If you are not near one you can contact them for their FedEx account number and ship a bird to them. www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/cahfs/services/lab_locations.cfm
Edited by cafarmgirl - 12/9/15 at 2:32pm