Chicken found dead w no injuries...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LorenMcHugh, Oct 19, 2014.

  1. LorenMcHugh

    LorenMcHugh In the Brooder

    Nov 1, 2013
    My 6 month old Ancona died today with no injuries or feathers missing. Very healthy bird and was acting normal the whole morning until my husband found her in the middle of our lawn dead. No predators around. Has anyone had this happen?? Could our rooster have killed her inadvertently while mounting her or something..I'm afraid I won't ever know what killed her. Can otherwise healthy chickens die suddenly?? So upsetting.
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    If possible refrigerate her body in a plastic bag, and send it to your state vet or dept of agriculture for a necropsy. It is common to lose chickens around the time they start to lay eggs for various reasons. Internal organ diseases, egg binding, worms, impacted gizzard, or other parasites could be a problem. Sorry for your loss.

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