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Why Did My Hen Die?

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So my hen died this morning, and I don't know why. She was all down this past week, and didn't want to go out until I forced her. But she still seems fine when I let her out. Her sister died a few months ago and my hen wasn't eating or drinking, all moping around in her pen. I think she felt rejected because I was caring for the chicks, or/and she felt more lonely now. Either way, I am sad, but happ because she gets to see her sister again.

 

Why and how did she die?

 

long ago photo. Turkey on the left and Raven on the right

Turkey died first, then Raven.

post #2 of 9
She was either ill, was having crop issues, if laying age she could have been egg bound, there's multiple things that can go wrong...but I've yet to ever hear of chickens feeling rejected and dying from it.
I have 1 fat cat, and raise true black/blue, silver, white and wheaten Ameraucanas, runmpless araucana, Olive eggers, speckled sussex, wheaten and copper marans, lavender orpingtons, 1 pet delaware hen, white crested and buff laced polish, 1 pet barred rock hen,1 ring neck cock pheasant, 6 ring neck hens, 4 guinea fowl, a smorgasbord of turkeys, 2 kids, and 1 husband.
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I have 1 fat cat, and raise true black/blue, silver, white and wheaten Ameraucanas, runmpless araucana, Olive eggers, speckled sussex, wheaten and copper marans, lavender orpingtons, 1 pet delaware hen, white crested and buff laced polish, 1 pet barred rock hen,1 ring neck cock pheasant, 6 ring neck hens, 4 guinea fowl, a smorgasbord of turkeys, 2 kids, and 1 husband.
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Chickens do sometimes die for no apparent reason. Obviously there was a reason, just one that we don't always see. Some people will have a necropsy done to find the cause of death, but I assume those will cost money. (I have never had one done) I would guess that she had some physical problem that wasn't visible to you. Sorry for your loss. 


Edited by bobbi-j - 4/3/16 at 12:19pm

Chickens off and on for 25+ years and still learning.

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Chickens off and on for 25+ years and still learning.

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Originally Posted by bobbi-j View Post

Chickens do sometimes die for no apparent reason. Obviously there was a reason, just one that we don't always see. Some people will have a necropsy done to find the cause of death, but I assume those will cost money. (I have never had one done) I would guess that she had some physical problem that wasn't visible to you. Sorry for your loss. 

My vet did one for free. I think he likes the opportunity to complete them for his knowledge too
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My vet did one for free. I think he likes the opportunity to complete them for his knowledge too

Nice! Never hurts to ask, I guess. 

Chickens off and on for 25+ years and still learning.

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Chickens off and on for 25+ years and still learning.

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post #6 of 9

Both birds look elderly to me, chickens are not real long lived, and if they were hatch mates, I have had them die within weeks of each other after they are 3 years + old.

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Bird on left looks like it's eye/head is swollen.....maybe sinus/respiratory infection?

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Bird on left looks like it's eye/head is swollen.....maybe sinus/respiratory infection?

It's just the lighting of the sun and the camera angle :)

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Both birds look elderly to me, chickens are not real long lived, and if they were hatch mates, I have had them die within weeks of each other after they are 3 years + old.

They are about a year old there, so I don't know. They are sisters, and they died within 3 months of each other.

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