Chickens dying

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Mare60, Nov 29, 2014.

  1. Mare60

    Mare60 Hatching

    Nov 29, 2014
    Hi, we had 3 chickens. One became quite bloated and very lethargic. It then had difficulty walking so just sat in one position. She passed away after about three days. Then after about two weeks the same thing happened to one of the others. It's now about 4 months and our last chicken looks to be going the same way. None of them were or are older than about 5-6 years. Any suggestions what's going wrong? Thanks
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Welcome to BYC. What breeds were your chickens, and what type of feed did they receive? Did their abdomens feel spongy or tight with fluid, such as a chicken with ascites? Chickens who are internal layers or those that suffer from egg yolk peritonits or ascites can be very bloated, and die prematurely. This can be common in high egg production hens, but ascites or fluid in the belly can also affect chickens with heart or liver failure. A necropsy by your state vet would be the best way to get a diagnosis, since chickens can suffer from a lot of different ailments. Here is a link to contact your state vet if you are in the US:

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