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1 Death, 1 injury. 2 seperate incidents or one?

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Hi guys and gals,

 

So I got home about 20 mins after dark today and went to check the flock and gather eggs. When I got to the coop I found 4 hens, 1 male roosting and found 1 of my RiR (9 months old) face down in the shavings near the entrance :hit .  The timer for the door had not worked and it was still open.  Closed that, ( not happy :somad ).  So then I noticed blood on the wall in front of the roost. Upon inspection I found my 9 month old Plymouth rock Roo has several cuts in his comb and an injury to his face. I also found blood on the feeder and water systems.  So I gathered up my poor RiR  hen and cleaned up the blood.  I checked the hen over pretty good.  I couldn't find any visible signs of trama or injury. She was in good health and laying almost consistent for a first year hen. They are penned in with a simple fence and free range when I'm home and outside. She did lay an egg today as well.  I am trying to piece together what happened I have some pics but not sure if they will help.  If anyone wants to see anything for pics please let me know. I would be interested in any theories or ideas as to what happened in or around my coop.

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Originally Posted by atomicslate17 View Post
 

Hi guys and gals,

 

So I got home about 20 mins after dark today and went to check the flock and gather eggs. When I got to the coop I found 4 hens, 1 male roosting and found 1 of my RiR (9 months old) face down in the shavings near the entrance :hit .  The timer for the door had not worked and it was still open.  Closed that, ( not happy :somad ).  So then I noticed blood on the wall in front of the roost. Upon inspection I found my 9 month old Plymouth rock Roo has several cuts in his comb and an injury to his face. I also found blood on the feeder and water systems.  So I gathered up my poor RiR  hen and cleaned up the blood.  I checked the hen over pretty good.  I couldn't find any visible signs of trama or injury. She was in good health and laying almost consistent for a first year hen. They are penned in with a simple fence and free range when I'm home and outside. She did lay an egg today as well.  I am trying to piece together what happened I have some pics but not sure if they will help.  If anyone wants to see anything for pics please let me know. I would be interested in any theories or ideas as to what happened in or around my coop.


Pictures may be helpful.

How many Roosters do you have, how many hens?

How large is your coop and run?

Without more information, it sounds like you have 2males fighting over too few hens and/or territory.

Was your hen bloody as well? She may have been in a fight with the injured male, but you say no visible signs of trauma, so it's possible a fight broke out with the 2males at roosting time, she got knocked off, fell or tried to get out of the way and ?broke? her neck?

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I have only one Roo in the coop. I had 6 hens :( now there are 5.  The hen I found dead, I checked twice and could not find any blood or visible signs of trauma. The coop is 12 X 6 and 8 feet high.  The run is at least twice that size. 

 

post #4 of 7

Ok. Now I understand. I was thinking you meant you have 1 male roosting, then another BR male that had injuries :)

It does look like pecking/picking on his comb.

With the blood spatter you describe, I'm thinking there was a fight and somehow she ended up on the wrong end some how.

Check your other girls just in case, he may have been trying to break up a fight between females (never know).

For his comb, you can apply plain neosporin or Vetericyn to the wounds. If need be to prevent more picking apply a little Bluekote to hide the red - he will have purple for a couple of weeks, but I've found it finally wears off.

He looks like a handsome fellow. You may want to observe the flock for a few days to make sure there is no aggressive behavior with the Roo toward then hens, etc.

It sounds like you have plenty of room, so overcrowding shouldn't be an issue.

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Took another look at the other females and didn't see any cuts, blood or other. Still very puzzling. The tone of the flock seems ok but off a bit with the loss of one. Nothing unusual tonight at close up. I have started to notice one of the hens back is wearing thin, from Roo to much. I can't figure it out. Conditions are pretty ideal. My wife calls this the chicken house!
Edited by atomicslate17 - 3/25/16 at 5:18pm
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Update!. 2 separate incidents! Ralph the big dope was cutting his comb on a piece of PVC under the feeder. Sanded the #?$& out of that. But as for my little hen, sadly I think she had a heart attack or such.
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Glad to hear one mystery is solved!

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