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I found my 9 month old hen dead. No noticeable injuries or blood. She was healthy and last laid an egg yesterday. I'm wondering if a chicken can break it's own neck? The area she was found in was a dog kennel with vertical bars that her head could have easily fit through. Is it probable that in her desire to get out she broke her neck sticking it through the bars?

 

She wasn't found in the bars, but lying on her belly next to the bars. Just hoping to figure out what happened to her today. THank you. 

post #32 of 36
Similar thing happened to mine a few months ago. She was free ranging just fine during the day and then went to roost like she did every night. No sounds of distress during the night. But lying on her side with her neck tucked in the next morning, dead. The only thing I noticed weird was a bald reddish spot of skin on her underbelly. It is sad and I eish I knew what happened so when I get another one I can avoid it. Good luck to you.
Edited by glandongirl - 1/21/16 at 9:12pm
post #33 of 36
Hello!

Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC. It would seem to me, that if she did as you suspected, she would have died with head in the bars. Was she used to the dog crate. Bird can psych themselves out enough, that they can have a heart attack. it may be one of those freak deaths, we never really find out what happened. I've had one myself. So sorry for your loss. hugs.gif
Did a moth know that the flame was going to change her life forever, or did she simply fly towards that heated embrace, knowing it would offer her something she couldn't give herself? In the end, the answer didn't really matter. The moth had never wanted the choice. -Joey W. Hill-
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Did a moth know that the flame was going to change her life forever, or did she simply fly towards that heated embrace, knowing it would offer her something she couldn't give herself? In the end, the answer didn't really matter. The moth had never wanted the choice. -Joey W. Hill-
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post #34 of 36

Thank you for the replies. It sounds like I may never know. It's sad, but I realize it's part of having the sweet girls.

post #35 of 36
I found one of my hens dead today. There has been no apparent illness that I have noticed. Her legs and toes were pointed straight out and her neck was bowed. She was not in the coop or run as they were out free ranging today. Any ideas? No blood anywhere on her either.
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Similar thing happened to mine a few months ago. She was free ranging just fine during the day and then went to roost like she did every night. No sounds of distress during the night. But lying on her side with her neck tucked in the next morning, dead. The only thing I noticed weird was a bald reddish spot of skin on her underbelly. It is sad and I eish I knew what happened so when I get another one I can avoid it. Good luck to you.
The same thing happened to one of my hens today. She had a red rash on her belly and just died out of no where.
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