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Chicken seizure and death

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One of my Red Ranger roosters had a violent seizure and died immediately. I examined him and all I saw was that he had blood in his mouth. No previous signs of illness. Any ideas what this could be?
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I'm sorry I can't answer your question, but I sure wish I could.  I've had that happen twice to apparently healthy roos (hens are all normal) in the last 3 months. If you find out anything (or if you already have), would you please let me know.  Thanks!

I am married to the most amazing man in the world.  We have 3 (soon to be 4) fantastic kids under the age of 7, dogs, cats, pet birds, fish....  Is that all?  Yeah, I think so.  No chickens yet, but eggs are going into lockdown!

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I am married to the most amazing man in the world.  We have 3 (soon to be 4) fantastic kids under the age of 7, dogs, cats, pet birds, fish....  Is that all?  Yeah, I think so.  No chickens yet, but eggs are going into lockdown!

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Welcome to BYC, Rancheletti.

 

I am sorry for your loss... it's never easy, but especially when they go so suddenly that we don't even get a chance to help them.

 

Seizures can be caused by a number of things... Injury, age, toxins, poison, ingesting lead shot/paint, moldy/rancid feed, congenital defects... Without a necropsy, there really is no way to know.

 

Would you consider performing a necropsy on your bird? Particularly the crop and gizzard? If he swallowed a sharp piece of metal, that could explain seizures and blood in the mouth.

 

If you have another bird experience these symptoms, I would place its body in the refrigerator wrapped in plastic bags and contact your local vet for information on where to send for your state's USDA office to perform a professional necropsy. It's free, outside of shipping costs (maybe $6ish?), and you will receive a copy of the results, so you can have an idea of what to treat for (if anything) and have a plan for your flock moving forward.

 

Again, I am so sorry your rooster passed this way. Hopefully, it will be a one-time occurrence.

 

MrsB

Australorp Chickens | Nigerian Dwarf and mini-Alpine Goats | American Blue Rabbits

 

"If not now, when?"

 

Luke 22:36

Then said He unto them,

“But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it

and likewise his pack; and he that hath no sword,

let him sell his garment and buy one."

 

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Australorp Chickens | Nigerian Dwarf and mini-Alpine Goats | American Blue Rabbits

 

"If not now, when?"

 

Luke 22:36

Then said He unto them,

“But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it

and likewise his pack; and he that hath no sword,

let him sell his garment and buy one."

 

How I lost 70 lbs (and kept it off!): www.marksdailyapple.com

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