can chickens die from fright

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mamahen10, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. mamahen10

    mamahen10 In the Brooder

    May 14, 2013
    Thumb of Michigan
    Last night we had a horendous thunder/lightening storm. This morning when I went out to the coop i found one of my pullets dead in one of the nest boxes. She was fine and up on the roost when I closed her up for the night with the other girls She was showing no signs of illness. Does anyone know if she could have died from fright from all the thunder and lightening.
  2. Nutcase

    Nutcase Songster

    Dec 2, 2012
    My Coop
    Sorry for your loss [​IMG] yes she probably died from shock and fright. It must have been a bad storm.
  3. jellypop

    jellypop Hatching

    Sep 18, 2014
    I understand it's been a while since you started this thread, however I believe the same thing may have just happened today with one of my chickens. Did your other chickens, go okay?

    Hope you don't mind me asking.

    Warmest wishes,
  4. machinfarm

    machinfarm Chirping

    Apr 27, 2015
    Weatherford, TX
    Jellypop, I think that just happened to one of mine too. We have 15 3-week old red rangers, all healthy and active. We had a horrible horrible thunder and lightning storm last night, and when I went to check on them one was dead with no apparent injury or anything. Just dead. :/ I hope it isn't some kind of illness that the others may succumb to and rather that it was fright from the storm. Too coincidental not to think it was connected since they were all fine yesterday. Bummer though.
  5. jellypop

    jellypop Hatching

    Sep 18, 2014
    Thank you for your response Machinfarm, I'm sorry to hear that you lost one of yours too. All our other chooks albeit all different breeds are healthy and gorgeous! Take care.

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