Originally Posted by locknest4
Sad news- got home this arvo to find our last adult hen dead
She was happy, healthy and laid her morning egg when we left. Found her on the ground just outside the coop couldn't see any reason why she died. Wondering if it was a snake. The chicks were nearby and they are all fine. Might invest in a few of those electronic snake repellers to safe guard the chicks. I miss her. She was the last of our original chickens.
Am so very sorry to hear that locknest4 .... to lose your last adult hen like that. RIP ...
Wouldn't dare to figure if it was a snake or not, except to say that if it was, and the snake was hungry, it would have grabbed a tiny chick or two, as food. .... Which makes me surmise perhaps that what sadly transpired, happens to many who own chickens .... they just up - and die, for no apparent reason.
Depends on how old the hen is so I have heard ... some live 2-3 years, some 12 ++ !! .... doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason when it comes to birds - of any kind. They do have a few issues.
Lost my Milly Barnevelder similarly. She laid an egg on ( for example the Sunday ? ), Tuesday morning, very quiet and not moving around a lot, but certainly eating - Tuesday 2 pm she just keeled over and passed. Just like that. ( I don't know which day happened with what - just an example of the days between health and death for Milly ).
Was horridly shocked, as I know you are at present. And yes, investing in electrical snake repellents couldn't do any harm whatsoever. A good investment, just in case. ... Don't fall for the cheaper versions though. .... they don't ( apparently ) work very well.
Keep your chin up ..........