3 chickens die suddenly.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by StrawberryHouseMouse, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. StrawberryHouseMouse

    StrawberryHouseMouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2009
    Cleveland, Tennessee
    I had 3 chickens die today out of no where. They wasn't sick or anything. So in the process of trying to figure out what could be the problem. I decided to dissect one of the birds to see if there was anything visibly wrong inside. When I did the chicken looked normal. Except for that the liver was extremely large, and hard as a rock. What could have caused this?

    These chickens are kept inside a coop, and are 4 months old. All 3 were roosters. No visible injuries or missing feathers laying around.
     
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2010
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

  3. StrawberryHouseMouse

    StrawberryHouseMouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2009
    Cleveland, Tennessee
    I just checked the illnesses on that site link. I couldn't find anything that resembled what was wrong with them. They wasn't sick before hand. None of the other organs looked wrong. Everything but the liver looked healthy inside the one I dissected. None of the other ones are acting odd, and wasn't before hand. I found it odd that only the 3 roosters I had died too. I found no parasites inside the dead ones either.
     
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Well I guess it's not Fatty liver disease, since only hens get that. Maybe they got into something toxic.
    Wish I could help more.
    Can you have a necropsy done?

    Imp
     
  5. StrawberryHouseMouse

    StrawberryHouseMouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2009
    Cleveland, Tennessee
    The agriculture department might do a necropsy but I don't know if they charge.. Or who to speak to for it.
     
  6. MotherJean

    MotherJean Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think Big Liver/Fatty Liver Disease only effects hens. However, Mycotoxicosis might fit. Has it been hot and humid? Are you feeding a lot of corn or straight grains rather than commercial feed? This disease is a type of food poisoning as a result of feed/grains contaminated by toxin-producing molds. Maybe do a search on that to see if other symptoms are mentioned that were present in your roos, but not dramatic enough to really notice. Merck Manual does say this has a high morbidity/mortality rate.
     
  7. StrawberryHouseMouse

    StrawberryHouseMouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2009
    Cleveland, Tennessee
    I was feeding them a commercial mix (Purina). I had just switched them off starter/grower this week.
     

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