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Just found a hen this morning who suddenly dropped dead with no sign of illness.  She was just over a year old and seemed totally healthy. The only thing I have noticed in the flock lately is some loose stools, but my husband has been feeding them a lot of table scraps so I thought maybe it was just something they ate.  I have been giving them yogurt and ACV in the water for the last week and it seemed to have helped. Now I am thinking maybe I should worm them...They have never been wormed. 

 

I know I should send it in for a necropsy but unfortunately I have too much other stuff going on & won't be able to. Any advice?

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A lot of things can cause sudden death. Chickens are very good at hiding illness.

I understand being busy but just be ready to send one in should you lose another. I believe in CA, necropsy is free and if you call them and ask for their FedEx number you can overnight it that way.

You may want to have a fecal sample read for worms. I'm probably in the minority but I usually don't worm chickens. I think I've only wormed about 4 in my lifetime.

I had a rooster drop dead within minutes of dancing around for the hens. I sent him in and it turns out he had a heart attack.

Other possibilities:

Lymphoid leucosis

Botulism

Gout

Marek's

Campylobacteriosis

Colibacillosis

 

Less common possibilities are:

Aflatoxicosis

Buecomb

Fatty Liver

Streptococcosis

Malaria

Cholera

Erysipelas

Influenza

Listeriosis

Choking

Pesticide poisoning

Anaphylactic shock

Newcastle

 

As you can see, trying to guess why a bird suddenly drops dead is virtually impossible.

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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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Thanks for the reply.  Sounds like it will just be a mystery, but if another dies I definitely will send it in. Crossing my fingers that it is not something contagious. 

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