Chickens dead, no apparent reason

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by HenniPenni, May 20, 2011.

  1. HenniPenni

    HenniPenni Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,

    New comer to BYC. I have read several posting over time from BYC, but up to now have not participated. But I have a problem and hoping that I can get some feedback from experienced chicken folk. A couple of weeks ago while I was out of town, my husband noticed one of my hens on the nest and the next evening he noticed she was still there so he looked a little closer and she was dead. Again this week I found another hen who also was dead in the nest. I found another hen laying under the roost dead. Then again in my pullet house I have found two pullets dead. I checked for any injuries, bites, etc but found nothing. My husband (a former chicken inspector) did post mortem on the latest and she looked completely healthy, organs looking normal, no worms, etc. I found no lice, fleas, etc. None of these birds were exhibiting any signs of illness. After doing some internet checking I thought possibly I may have overlooked a red mite infestation. But I spent quite a bit of time with the hens and in the pullet house and found no signs on the roost or the nest of red mites. I have noticed that several of my hens appear to be going through a molt. That said... the hens and pullets found dead did not show any noticable feather loss. Again, there were no bites or injury, no blood found. Very frustrated!

    I originally posted this under Flock Management with no response.

    Hoping for meaningful feedback.
    Thanks!



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  2. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are they eating? Are they underweight? It may help to fill out the sticky at the top of the emergencies section.
    sharon
     
  3. clayhill

    clayhill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm don't know where you are and I don't know the cause, but just out of curiosity, are the gnats as bad at your place as they are here? A friend of mine lost 32 young birds overnight and said the cause was gnats. They get in their nostrils and suffocate the birds. I've not had this problem, but have heard of it happening before. Just a thought. Hope you find the cause and are able to prevent it in the future.

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  4. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What about the gnat that another BYCer had killing off his flock? Many of them fly up nostrils and into the nasal passages as I understand it?
     
  5. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. HenniPenni

    HenniPenni Out Of The Brooder

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    I am in the foothills of NC. Haven't had a problem with gnats. The weather was on the cooler side during the time these hens and pullets died.

    The hens and pullets are both eating well (laying pellets and supplement a little with scratch) full bodied and otherwise healthy. The hens were laying.

    Thank you for your replies. Will fill out the info. Still finding my way around this site.
     
  7. suburbanchickymama

    suburbanchickymama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry it's for such a crummy reason. I really hope some experienced folks can help you find an answer. Haven't I read that you can get a necropsy done in these instances to make sure your whole flock doesn't come down with it?? Also, someone over on the NC thread was talking about a problem with moldy feed on the ground from all this rain we've been having. Any chance that could be it?? Wish I was more help for you. But I'm so sorry for your losses. [​IMG]

    Good luck!
     
  8. allieloveschickens

    allieloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it possible they got into something poisonous? so sorry for your loss [​IMG]
     
  9. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Chillin' With My Peeps

    I agree with above. It sounds like they've been poisoned.
     
  10. HenniPenni

    HenniPenni Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry Sharon... I guess I am just not getting it..I have searched the Emergency section and do not find how to post a sticky.
     

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