6 month old hen, laying for a week, died suddenly. Was fine this morn

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by peacebird, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. peacebird

    peacebird Songster

    Apr 12, 2007
    Any ideas? I'm worried about her three siblings and the other 5 hens, and Mario the roo now....

    The only sign of any problem was yesterday someone sneezed a couple times.... Also one of the four young hens had watery poo yesterday tho I never thought that was an immediate death threat... I figured I'ld just put some cooked oatmeal and yogurt in the run to help the tummy settle out.
  2. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I'm sorry that you lost your bird.
    Any other symptoms?

    What colour were her comb and wattles?

    Was there any poop stuck on her bum?

    What colour was the poop?

    How many eggs had she laid?
  3. peacebird

    peacebird Songster

    Apr 12, 2007
    her comb and wattles were plump and red, she and her peepmates just started laying last week. I had 8 eggs (9 hens) two days in a row, then it settled in at 5 eggs a day. Since winter began my other hens had been laying about 2 - 3 a day so I wasn't alarmed that I was getting about 1 egg every other day from the girls.

    There was no poo stuck to her bum, and no one had pecked her body. There were no injuries. She apparently collapsed just outside the coop door in the secure run.

    My roo had retreated inside the coop to roost when I got home (unusual for him as it was early and lots of light still)
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    It is not uncommon for a point of lay hen to die when they start laying. I've had 3 do this to me, and they were all production breeds. One I saw go into the nest box, and about 30 min later went to go check for eggs and she was dead on the nest with no signs of anything. Still warm too. I find that my "non production" breeds are hardier in this aspect and have yet to lose any of those to instant death at point of lay. If there are no other symptoms, I wouldn't worry too much.
  5. lacyloo

    lacyloo Cooped Up

    May 26, 2007
    north florida
  6. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Songster

    Feb 3, 2008
    Raymond, Mississippi
    I'm so sorry about your hen. Are you having an autopsy (or whatever you call it for a chicken)? It may be the the only way to determine what went wrong. Again, I'm so sorry. I haven't lost a bird yet, and it's frightening to imagine a sudden unexplained loss like yours. I pray it doesn't affect any more of your flock. God bless you.
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2008
  7. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    That happened to one of my SLW's
  8. peacebird

    peacebird Songster

    Apr 12, 2007
    it will be a nervous couple weeks, but I do hope it was a "point of lay" death, and not a problem that will affect the other young hens... We had felt so fortunate that all four of our "bonus birds" had survived and thrived since the cochins went broody on our brown hens eggs, and then it turned out all 4 were girls. I was so relieved because Mario would not like other roos...

  9. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    you mentioned your roo went in early..
    would be a good idea to keep a close watch for illness.

    color and consistency of droppings change
    change in appetite
    change in posture (hunching up/huddling/head pulled in/depressed/keeping away from others)
    respiratory signs..sneezing/shaking head/mucus/
    swelling of eyes/head/wattles/
    breath sounds (gurgling/wheezing/rattling)

    what all do you feed?
    have they been wormed?
    has the coop been cleaned recently?
    has the bedding been wet? any signs or odors of mustiness or mold?
  10. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    Jan 1, 2008

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