chickens are dead

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by terry69, Oct 5, 2007.

  1. terry69

    terry69 Hatching

    Oct 4, 2007
    my buffs are slowly dieing they are two and a half years old I have lost 12 or so out of 60 they don't show any sign of anything wrong .How long should a hen live ?
  2. Varisha

    Varisha Songster

    Mar 22, 2007
    I am new to chickens so I don't know how long they live but I wanted to say sorry for your losses.
  3. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Songster

    Apr 5, 2007
    The natural lifespan of chickens can be 10+ years.. 'course, they usually don't live that long with predators and culling.

    How rapidly are they dying? Are there any symptoms? After 12, I think it's time to do some investigating.

  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I agree, they don't just drop over of old age at two years old. Seems like there's something going on you need to find out about. Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens even give instructions on how to "post", another word for autopsy, and what to look for when you do.
  5. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Songster

    Feb 7, 2007
    Northern California
    I agree that seems a bit odd that 12 would die so young, I would be curious if any had symptoms or became ill prior. I have been fortunate to have never lost a chicken other then culling them out.
  6. nccatnip

    nccatnip Songster

    Aug 5, 2007
    Piedmont area NC
    Can you get a necropsy done? i have seen others post where at times the state will do it free for you. At least you will know the cause.
  7. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    Chickens can live into their teens. I'd get a necropsy done.

    What is their exact diet?
  8. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    That's not normal...I have a 4 year old and there's a gal on her with a 16 year old who laid an egg last month.
    Get this checked out.
  9. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    Can you explain to us how the hens are acting before they die? This may narrow down some ideas a few of us probably have.
  10. broncbuster07

    broncbuster07 Songster

    Jun 25, 2007
    Waxahachie, TX
    I hope it's not bird flu!

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