7 week old Welsumer dropped dead suddenly, no symptoms, help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by marnold, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. marnold

    marnold Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 8, 2011
    I have or had 2 Welsumers and 2 Buff Orpingtons that were doing great. They have been in their coop for about 2 weeks. I live in New Orleans, LA. Everything has been going great. When I went out to check on them this afternoon, one of the Welsumers was dead, face down in the run. No signs of being sick. She was perfectly fine this morning. No one else seems sick. I am concerned that I missed something or am missing something. No signs of injury. Any ideas on what I should look for? My coop does not get a lot of direct sun. It rained yesterday but they are well sheltered. They have been enjoying their new perches inside the house. Any ideas why this happened? I am worried about the rest of the girls. thanks.
  2. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    Aug 3, 2009
    My first thought would be the heat.
    How old was she?
  3. FreeChicken!

    FreeChicken! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2010
    That is very odd. I've actually had the same thing happen to my Rhode Island Red cockerel, Zuko, a couple years ago.

    And I agree with easttxchick.
  4. marnold

    marnold Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 8, 2011
    She was 7 weeks old. Are there signs and symptoms for heat being too much for them? Don't they open their beaks partially and pant? And hold their wings away from their bodies? None of these were seen. And would I need to worry about the other three if it was heat? They seem to be fine. It has been hot but they have ample water and lots of shade and it has been cloudy a lot and rained the day before she died so I would say the weather has been improved shortly before this happened.
  5. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Seems that a lot of people have complained recently about the same thing you're describing but it was due to gnats entering the nostrils and clogging the airway.
  6. cochinGurl

    cochinGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2010
    meriks maybe?

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