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Chicken died suddenly

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I have a 9 month old Polish that died in the coop last night.  Acted fine and normal all day.  No sign of trauma but on a chicken that's hard to confirm without plucking it.  We are assuming that it was bitten by a snake (we have copperheads around).  The chickens dig through brush all day. Is there anything like Sudden Chicken Death Syndrome or is our assumption probably correct.  

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I've had a perfectly healthy young year-old hen die while laying blissfully in the dustbathing area.  Could have been a heart attack, stroke, or some other organ failure - that's what I generally conclude when an otherwise healthy chicken dies...  The only other possibility that pops into my mind is broken neck, if jumping/flying down from the roost and hitting a wall...

 

When an animal has to die, that's how I prefer they go, although not knowing the "why" of things can be frustrating.

Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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She was laying on her back and her neck was bent over pretty far.  I thought she may have fallen off the roost at night and broke her neck.  I have been reading about Sudden Chicken Death Syndrome as well.  I really didn't know that chickens can just die out of no where like that.

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If it was on its back and its legs strait out? It was a heart attack!

My Little hen died this spring of a heart attack after the tarp blew of my run.

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