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Oh I understand ur not diagnosing 😊.... Just any of the possible scenarios are upsetting, and I couldn't do a thing for him 😢
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One thing new chicken owners need to know is that chickens die. If dogs died at the same rate, most people wouldn't own dogs.

Chickens make great pets but they are also livestock.

I'm not saying this applies to you but most of the problems that arise are avoidable with good management. Silkies and seramas are more fragile but most breeds would do quite well living outdoors 24/7. Chickens aren't dirty animals but the way they are housed makes them seem so. The only reason to provide a coop is for predator protection at night. The more space, especially the outdoor space and the lower the stocking density, the better off they are.

 

ETA

As I said earlier, there are many things that can cause sudden death.

Besides being squashed or breaking their neck from hitting a wall or roof, other things at 3 months of age, common things could be:

Sudden death syndrome

ulcerative enteritis

campylobacteriosis

colibacillosis

Marek's

gout

 

Less common things could be:

infectious anemia

necrotic dermatitis

round heart disease

aflatoxicosis

botulism

cholera

choking

pesticide poisoning

anaphylactic shock

erysipelas

 

Many of those have no cure or no good one. That's why a lab diagnosis is important with unexplained death. If a second one dies in short order, it's imperative.


Edited by ChickenCanoe - 1/5/16 at 5:56am

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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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