Cause of death help.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tyjorg, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. tyjorg

    tyjorg Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 20, 2015
    Got a question here. Today when I got home from work I noticed a hen laying next to the coop. I walked over and noticed she was not well and gasping for breath. I picked her up to check on the crop, it was completely empty and nothing smelled abnormal. I set her down to think about what to do next and she rolled on her side and stopped breathing. What do you think that could have been? I thought gape worm, but would it kill her that fast? I did not notice anything abnormal yesterday.
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Flock Master

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    I'm sorry for your loss.


    There are so many things that can go wrong quickly - there is really no way to tell without a necropsy.
  3. sawilliams

    sawilliams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2015
    Nor Cal
    I can't help much with the what. And I'm sorry. I to had a hen recently die out of the blue. It was hot and she had been broody so the only thing I could think was she waited to long to get off the nest for a drink, or there was something else internal we couldn't see. Watch the others and make sure there is nothing out of the ordinary. If it's been hot where you are trying setting up a sprinkler or running water to the coop a few times a day to cool the area. Like the prior person said there is no way to know for sure without a necroscopy.

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