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I just found one of my silver Wyandotte's dead with n apparent reason for death. She had been in the mulch with the other girls earlier today giving themselves dirt baths and all was fine. I just went to round them up as hubby was mowing the lawn, and there she was in the mulch looking like she was just sitting there, but she was dead. She hadn't been gone long as she was still warm. No blood, no misplaced feathers I'm so sad -she was one of my favorites. She was a great layer. We have now lost 2 this year and only have 4 left  and  is broody. The other girls seem fine. Any idea what could have killed her?

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Strange coincidence, I found my silver laced Wyandotte dead a few days ago too. Same thing, healthy looking before, than dead the next day. I think chickens often die of heart attacks, that's my theory. Mine was 4. Many of my birds that pass will just be dead one day with no other signs or reasons. I don't do autopsies so I will never know, but it isn't uncommon for it to happen. Sorry you lost your hen, it doesn't sound like anything you could have done to prevent it.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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It does happen with no known reason or signs anything are wrong.

 

Last year I had a Hamburg that was fine one minute and looking for treats and not 5 minutes later when I went back she was laying dead in the run.

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So sad, but it can happen for no apparent reason.  I've read that chickens can have strokes or heart attacks with little warning.  I found one of my one year old RI Red's, Barbie Q when she was about a year old laying in the grass as if she was sleeping, but she didn't come when I called.  She was still warm, no blood, no injuries I could see.

 

So it happens.  It absolutely sucks, but it does.  :(  So sorry!

Mom to 2 boys, a spoiled kitty-Tessa, a goldfish named DanTDM, 2 RIR -Hen Solo and Eggitha Christie, our EE Jellybean, our Australorp- Darth Cluck, our Black Sumatra called Hera.  Welcome to our new babies all BLRW- Misty, Pikachu, Zelda, and Ophelia.    RIP to Carly, Sam, and Camilla ( Hawks suck......) and Barbie Q ( natural)
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Mom to 2 boys, a spoiled kitty-Tessa, a goldfish named DanTDM, 2 RIR -Hen Solo and Eggitha Christie, our EE Jellybean, our Australorp- Darth Cluck, our Black Sumatra called Hera.  Welcome to our new babies all BLRW- Misty, Pikachu, Zelda, and Ophelia.    RIP to Carly, Sam, and Camilla ( Hawks suck......) and Barbie Q ( natural)
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It does happen, my main hen (the one at the top of the pecking order) died last year, she was fine in the morning, going out to roam in the yard with the rest of the chickens like she always did (she was three years old) and when I went to the yard to start my chicken chores, I found her on the grass laying down and just barely alive, when I picked her up she died. In retrospective I rather have my hens die that way than have them suffered a long and painful illness. Bless their hearts, they will always be remembered with affection.  

loving my flock with their personalities, getting to know them and enjoy everyday I spend with them
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loving my flock with their personalities, getting to know them and enjoy everyday I spend with them
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