Could the broody have murdered poor Rocky?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Squeaky, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. Squeaky

    Squeaky I squeak, therefore I am

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    I just found Rocky, dead, next to the broody hen in the nest the broody's taken over. I know broodies aren't known for playing nice, but is this a sign of foul (fowl?) play? Can a broody actually murder an adult chicken?

    Rocky, a hen, was the second bird and outranked the broody. I don't know whether her death had something to do with this big storm, or what. She was in perfect health and had laid an egg this morning.
     
  2. PlumTuckered

    PlumTuckered Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm afraid I have no answer, my Broody Gals have never done anything like this. I just wanted to say I'm so sorry you've lost Rocky :-(

    Michelle
     
  3. basicliving

    basicliving Keepin' the sunny side up

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    I'm so sorry you lost Rocky [​IMG] I've never heard of a broody murdering another hen. Were there any marks on Rocky at all?
     
  4. birdlover

    birdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old was Rocky? I doubt your broody murdered her or you'd probably be able to tell. She may have had a heart attack but only a necropsy will tell. I had one die suddenly at 1 year and I took her for a necropsy. She died from her liver hemmoraging which I have since learned can be caused when they are too fat and they said she was! [​IMG] So sorry about Rocky. [​IMG]
     
  5. Squeaky

    Squeaky I squeak, therefore I am

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    Hi,

    Rocky would have been a year old in June. She seems very young to have had a heart attack, and she's never been plump. However, today there was a big storm with lightning and thunder, and that may have freaked her out or knocked her off her perch. Or it's imaginable that she picked up a piece of glass or something. It looked almost as though she crawled into the nest to snuggle or something. She was under Nessarose's wing. There wasn't a scratch on her and her eyes were closed.

    I wouldn't want to suspect my poor little broody Nessarose of murder.
     
  6. birdlover

    birdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually, from what I've read on here, when they first start laying is one of the times when they are most likely to have a heart attack. Age isn't an issue like in humans. I just love the names you gave your girls. I hope you get a Rocky II soon. Poor Rocky. [​IMG]
     

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