Chicken died suddenly, concerned for my other two.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by melun, Dec 23, 2015.

  1. melun

    melun Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 16, 2015
    One of my four month old chickens was fine this morning (saw her eating, drinking, scratching around). I went out this evening to check their water and she was lying on her side in the run, completely unresponsive. While I was watching her, she vomited (foam?). I tried to pick her up and she fell over. My uncle examined her, no signs of injury, everything appeared normal, no weight loss. She died about an hour later.

    The other two appear to be acting normally, I saw them eating and drinking while I was sitting with my poor girl. I looked at their poop (we lost one chicken to suspected coccidiosis when they were about ten weeks old, treated them all with Corid at the time). It seemed watery, but no blood or strange colors.

    Any ideas on what would cause such a sudden decline? Is there anything I can do for the rest other than watch and wait?
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2015
  2. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 True BYC Addict

    Jun 23, 2013
    Hilo, HI
    Sorry for your loss, could she have gotten into some poison?
  3. Sue Gremlin

    Sue Gremlin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2013
    I had a sudden death and did a necropsy to find that she had an extreme case of fatty liver. She died of hemorrhage when her liver fractured. It's apparently common in laying hens. One reason for sudden death of an apparently healthy chicken.

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