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I am new at chickens. Justa started in May of 2009. I got 5 chicks then & another 7 in Aug. one of my chicks from Aug. I just found dead in the coop about 2 hrs ago. She was fine this morn. I was checking for eggs and she was laid 1/2 in & 1/2 out of a nest box & there was another hen in the box on a fw eggs. I went to move " Boots" (4 yr old grand girl named her that )  & she didn't feel right & then I knew she was dead. I moved the other hen off the nest & took the eggs. Then removed " Boots". There was no sign of anything on the bird as I could see. They have a huge area to roam, I give them fresh veggies & fruit, breads, cracked corn , their layer pellets. fresh water. I run a red heat light ( so it's not to blinding )  , as I live in NH. What would cause a chicken to suddenly just die ?? I am so upset over this. I love my chickens so much. Hubby told me to chill " it's just a chicken "  But I don't feel that way. Can someone give me an answer ??? Hubby won't let me pay for the vet to an autopsy .

" The Middles Age Spread " 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 parakeets, 15 chickens & 4 Roosters, 17 baby chicks, 7 (  4 KC & 2 Pekins) ducks, 3 runners & 2 African geese ,  5 horses ( 4 are rescues ) , 1 Rescued Mini Donkey, " Honky Tonk "   &  1 HERO  hubby

 

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" The Middles Age Spread " 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 parakeets, 15 chickens & 4 Roosters, 17 baby chicks, 7 (  4 KC & 2 Pekins) ducks, 3 runners & 2 African geese ,  5 horses ( 4 are rescues ) , 1 Rescued Mini Donkey, " Honky Tonk "   &  1 HERO  hubby

 

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Even if a vet does do an investigation... if the rest of the flock is fine, they'll probably find nothing significant. Sometimes they die due to reproductive kinks inside or rather commonly heart attacks or other related cardiovascular issues. Since she was in the nest box, something could have gotten stuck inside or something could have burst inside her in the process or straining to lay an egg.

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post #3 of 59

bump
sorry for your loss =[

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RIP Sammy, i love you girl! <3<3<3<3<3<3
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welcome-byc   Sorry such sadness brings you to the forum.


We know she was not just a chicken.  hugs   Sometimes non-chicken people just do not know what to say.

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"Poultry- they may be your pets, they may be your hobby, they may be your livestock. But remember, if you fall down in the pen, unconscious? They WILL eat you." ~ Sally/Ranchie - we miss you.
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Thank you.. I am really upset over loosing this chick. I can't imagine how mt 4 yr grand-girl is going to feel when she finds out her " Boots" died. My worry is a sickness & will the others get it.. But I keep them as healthy as can B. My hubby said this morn, I have spoiled them to much. They now know my car & when I drive in, they all run to the fence line, LOL. I so love my chickens

" The Middles Age Spread " 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 parakeets, 15 chickens & 4 Roosters, 17 baby chicks, 7 (  4 KC & 2 Pekins) ducks, 3 runners & 2 African geese ,  5 horses ( 4 are rescues ) , 1 Rescued Mini Donkey, " Honky Tonk "   &  1 HERO  hubby

 

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" The Middles Age Spread " 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 parakeets, 15 chickens & 4 Roosters, 17 baby chicks, 7 (  4 KC & 2 Pekins) ducks, 3 runners & 2 African geese ,  5 horses ( 4 are rescues ) , 1 Rescued Mini Donkey, " Honky Tonk "   &  1 HERO  hubby

 

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post #6 of 59

You're not alone with your feelings!  Chickens bring lots of joy to your life..  Sorry for your loss.

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Ross Ranch:  Mommy daddy, daughter, son 1 yellow lab, 1 fox terrier, 1 dutch rabbit, 1 Degu, 1 gecko, 1 silky x sultan, 1 RIR, 1 Red Star, 1 Barred Rock, 2 EEs, 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, and 1 splash silky.
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post #7 of 59

I'm sorry for the loss of your little friend.  My husband says the same thing, but you should hear him talking to them when they are out.  Some men just don't know how to express their emotions.  hugs

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Hi! My name is Karen.  I'm a chicken addict.
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post #8 of 59
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smile Thank U all so much. I so needed comfort about this. And as it was said, non chicken people have no clue. To me they R not "just chickens " . I had one silkie that could not figure out how to get back in the coop, why, I have no clue. I had to put her in.. she got so she saw me lookn out the window, never mind hearing me open the door. She would run to the gate & wait for me to pick her up & she got so she would try to jump in my arms & just peep so softly. I wished that had kept going. She has now 4gotten R special moments, lol. and she is still so small, thats another post I will check on... I am so glad I found this group...

" The Middles Age Spread " 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 parakeets, 15 chickens & 4 Roosters, 17 baby chicks, 7 (  4 KC & 2 Pekins) ducks, 3 runners & 2 African geese ,  5 horses ( 4 are rescues ) , 1 Rescued Mini Donkey, " Honky Tonk "   &  1 HERO  hubby

 

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" The Middles Age Spread " 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 parakeets, 15 chickens & 4 Roosters, 17 baby chicks, 7 (  4 KC & 2 Pekins) ducks, 3 runners & 2 African geese ,  5 horses ( 4 are rescues ) , 1 Rescued Mini Donkey, " Honky Tonk "   &  1 HERO  hubby

 

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post #9 of 59

Same thing happened to me on Christmas Day. Mine was not on the nesting box but on the floor of the coop - it looks like she had crawled to a corner to be alone and die. It was so awful to find her - even a month later I go back over it in my mind and wonder if I could have done anything to save her. And same thing, she was perfectly fine in the morning and then we found her dead mid-afternoon.

It's not "just a chicken" when you view your flock as pets. hugs They are sweet creatures that depend on us for everything and we feel responsible for them. That said, I researched it quite a bit after it happened and it's not at all uncommon - sometimes they just die for no reason. Take care.

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See my chicken blog at:  http://polloplayer.wordpress.com/
My little flock includes Luna, a white Silkie, Pippa, a Belgian Mille Fleur d'Uccle, Lola, a Barred Rock, Ginger, an EE and Summer, a BO.

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post #10 of 59
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sad OMG !! That is just what happened to my Chicky girl.. I am so glad I found this sight & all of U ..  I am just so upset over this loss. She was not my friendliest  chick. but she was My chick. ahh she was my 4 yr old grand girls chick, " Boots" She was a silky chick, possible cross.. She didn't look like any of the chicks I ordered from My pet chicken, so not sure, but that's no matter. Poor " Boots "  may she RIP....

" The Middles Age Spread " 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 parakeets, 15 chickens & 4 Roosters, 17 baby chicks, 7 (  4 KC & 2 Pekins) ducks, 3 runners & 2 African geese ,  5 horses ( 4 are rescues ) , 1 Rescued Mini Donkey, " Honky Tonk "   &  1 HERO  hubby

 

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" The Middles Age Spread " 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 parakeets, 15 chickens & 4 Roosters, 17 baby chicks, 7 (  4 KC & 2 Pekins) ducks, 3 runners & 2 African geese ,  5 horses ( 4 are rescues ) , 1 Rescued Mini Donkey, " Honky Tonk "   &  1 HERO  hubby

 

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