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Two Hens suddenly dead

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So i would like anyone's opinion on what this could be or a possible cause. Please through all suggestions at this thread. 

About three weeks ago one of my Lavender Orpingtons suddenly died. Two days before when I was in the coop and picked her up she started to throw up a little water. That was all that was abnormal and she seemed fine. Two days later I came out and she way dead. No growths on her body, no sores, nothing abnormal that I could tell. 

Well to make matters worse I came out today (three weeks after my Orpington tragedy) and my Maran hen was dead. She showed no signs of sickness and was laying an egg a day. I check on my flock everyday so i would have noticed something abnormal. 

SO the things I think played a factor:

- We switched to pellet feed three months ago. This resulted in less waste and slower consumption.

- I am unsure of the calcium amount in the pellet feed. I am wondering if it is a calcium deficiency but my girls showed no signs of weakness and the eggs were coming out strong (I just hatched from them and chicks are thriving). 

-I have tree coops. As of right now I have one rooster to three or two hens per coop (I understand this to low a ratio for my hens but I am reestablishing the flock)

-These chickens have not been vaccinated for anything

 

Please give me your thoughts and suggestions. Thank you so much.

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So sorry for your loss.
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It honestly could be array of things. If it's possibly get an autopsy. That would be your best bet to know what it is. I'm sorry for your loss!

 

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6 Chickens!!  Silkie, 2 mutts, 2 Seabrights, and a Easter Egger

 

I <3 them all :P..... FIRST EGG 1/16/12 from Rosie.

 

 

 

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