A dead chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by redsoxs, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Wondering how worried I should be. I have a mixed group of 19 (now 18) hens & pullets and one rooster. Hens are are about 13 months old - pullets about 6 months old. They are in a run of adequate size during the day and free range in the evenings for 4 or 5 hours when I'm home plus all day on the weekends. So I'm doing the roost count on Saturday night and keep coming up one short. A quick tally of breeds shows I'm missing one of my two anconas. I do a search for her, thinking maybe she is setting somewhere. I find here actually under the hen house (there is room and they go under there for shade at times.) She is stiff as a board but no other marks. She or her sister ancona had bumblefoot in the spring but I thought it was under control. An exam of her feet didn't show swelling or redness.
    So, could she have harbored an infection? Could a predator gotten to her but she got away? (I found no marks on her).
    Could she have been just a defective bird? I will note that my only white egg layers are the anconas - and I have only been getting one white a day for a few weeks now. I think one of the two - presumably the dead one - hasn't been laying for some time now.
    The rest of the flock looks good. One fear I have is that I have never wormed them. Could this be something that could have done in her in? I saw no signs of illness or distress up until finding her dead.
    Any help is appreciated!! Thanks!
     
  2. blueberrychickens

    blueberrychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sometimes it just happens that way. I had one (of course my favorite one) die suddenly. She was fine one day & dead on the coop floor the next day. I sent her off to the local vet school for a necropsy so I knew what she died from. It was egg yolk peritonitis. It was sad to lose her but I was glad it wasnt something infectious that the others could have caught. Since your girl hadn't been laying, maybe that is what she succumbed to?
    It's hard to lose a feathered friend, they will always be remembered & never forgotten! [​IMG]
     
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  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I sure hope you are right, blueberrychickens, and thanks for the reply. I think I will go ahead with the worming anyway - seems like a good precaution. Thanks again for the advice!!
     

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