10 month RIR found dead - eggbound?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by annarborchicks, Feb 14, 2017.

  1. annarborchicks

    annarborchicks Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 10, 2016
    Opened coop this morning and found 10 month-old RIR dead under roost. This is my first flock and first loss. 4 girls, same age:
    1 BO, 1 PBR, 1 silkie, 1 RIR. Everyone gets along, 20 sq. ft. coop, 60 sq. ft. run, layer crumbles plus oyster shells and grit free offer.
    BO and PBR started squatting & laying @ 5-6 months. Silkie not laying yet. RIR no squarting, no eggs. Assumed she was a late bloomer and then winter hit and wasn't expecting eggs anytime soon. She was always thinner than BO and PBR, but normal eating/pooing. 35-40 degrees overnight, not that cold.
    I usually check chicken vents once a week and noticed Ruby's (RIR) vent had started looking more like the laying vents. Yesterday she ate/drank and had dust bath with others. However, she wasn't as energetic as usual...normally doesn't let you easily pick her up. Also, just before she went up to roost bar I noticed she would occasionally pant and fluff her feathers. I assumed she was getting ready to lay first egg and feeling uneasy.
    After I found her dead this morning I checked body: no signs of parasites, no wounds or clear injures, vent looked like this
    I'm thinking she was egg bound, though hoping more experienced people will chime in. Tried feeling for egg, but didn't feel much (body was starting to get stiff, plus I wasn't too sure about what to look/feel for).
    Thanks for all input!
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Flock Master

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    I'm sorry for your loss.

    There is no way to know for sure what happened without further investigation (necropsy - cutting her open). Some people do take a look inside to see if they find anything unusual or send the body to their state lab.

    From the photo you have it does look like the vent may be beginning to prolapse - but you never know some things happen upon death too.
    It's possible that being egg bound is the cause.

    If you happen to have another pass in a similar way within a short period of time, then sending one in would be a good idea.

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