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Unexplained death--lethargy affecting 1 of 27 chickens. Anything going around in Eastern PA?

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So, this ceased to be an emergency this morning when I went up to the coop and found one of the Black Star hens under the roost, stiff as a board. I first noticed her day before yesterday, uncharacteristically tranquil / lethergic when I walked intonthe henhouse to gather eggs. Just sat there rather than scurrying out of the way like all the others. Yesterday same story. Very quiet, not moving around, just hunkered down in the pine shavings under the brood bar, breathing quietly. This morning, rigor mortis.

My other hens and the roosters are all running around energetically
The hen in question is a year old Black Star, with most of her feathers intact. One spot on top of the tail where it looks like feathers have been pluckednout, but otherwise no apparent problems until yesterday.

Two questions:
1). Anyone else in Eastern Peensylvania or West centrlal NJ experienced anything like this recently?

2). If you have any idea what this might be, Is it contagious?

The only vet I am aware of that handles fowl is about 20 mi N, near Quakertown .

Thanks for whatever help/ advice you can give!

Bob
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Every state has a poultry lab for necropsy. There's no way to know what it could have been without lab work.

 

Here are your labs.

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Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State University, Animal Diagnostic Laboratory

Wiley Ln

University Park, Pennsylvania 16802

Phone: 814-863-0837

IAV-A, ND,

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Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

2305 N Cameron Street

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110-9405

Phone: 717-787-8808

IAV-A, CSF, CWD*, ND, FMD, PRV, SCRAPIE, IAV-S*

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Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania,

School of Vet Med, New Bolton Center, PADLS

382 West Street Rd

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania 19348-1692

Phone: 610-444-5800

IAV-A, CWD*, ND, SCRAPIE

 

 

 

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“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!
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