5 Dead Hens and no clue. Please Help.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by annetteu, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. annetteu

    annetteu Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 21, 2011
    About two months ago I went out to the coop and found one of my hens dead. I thought It was just her age. Then two weeks later I found another one and it's been that way ever since. They look weak one day and there dead the next. I am afraid for my dogs and kids and I dont want to lose anymore of my birds. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    It is very unlikely that anything is going on that could harm your kids or dogs. There are several things that can cause sudden death.

    One thing you might consider is looking into having a necropsy done. If you do lose another, at least she can tell the story that way. Here is a link that might help you find your state vet for a necropsy. This is different in every state; in some states it's free, and often it's not very expensive. Your own vet might know how to get it done, too. Some want a live bird, some a dead one in a certain condition. It's best to know ahead what the local requirements are.

    Here is a link that gives a pretty good overview of what all can go wrong:


    Good luck.

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