Chicken died

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by fua farm, Aug 6, 2016.

  1. fua farm

    fua farm New Egg

    Aug 6, 2016
    So sad one of my chickens was dead this morning in the coop. They are only 5 months old and seemed perfectly healthy yesterday. All the others are just fine. Any ideas??
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings, fun farm, and :welcome. Pleased you joined us. Sorry about your chicken. Not sure of the temps in your area but heat can be an issue this time of year. Any other details?
  3. fua farm

    fua farm New Egg

    Aug 6, 2016
    pretty hot yesterday around 80, but not too bad. They had plenty of water and ventilation. No other signs.. just healthy one minute and gone the next. So weird.
  4. kajira

    kajira Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 6, 2016
    Male or female? 5 months is about the age males would start fighting too - and if it's hot, it's entirely possible to have a heart attack, or be trampled by the other chickens.

    If was a hen, then I'm not sure, other than it's possible they COULD get heat stroke. Some chickens won't drink water, if it's warm - so even on a day that doesn't feel "too hot" they could still get over heated if they won't drink water outside that isn't cool.

    We've been freezing gallon jugs and sticking them in their wading pool in the hottest part of the afternoon to help cool them off, and putting gatorade bottles that are frozen in the shade/coop for them to sit again... (Granted, for us, it's 103-109 with heat indexes reaching 130-140+ even in the shade.)

    Other than that, I suggest deworming them to make sure they don't have any parasites, and knowing that sometimes, chickens just "die" too.

    I'm sure others will have a lot more ideas than me - but heatstroke really is a thing for chickens.

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