Dead Buff Orpington

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by hillaryg, Aug 19, 2016.

  1. hillaryg

    hillaryg New Egg

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    I came home to find one of my buff orpingtons dead. She was laying down on her fenced in area and just didn't look right. I checked her over and there is no blood. She has access to clean water and food. She was not acting strange and laid an egg yesterday and today I believe. She was 5 months old and my first chicken to die :( doesn't help that my 6 year old found her.

    Should I be worried? Does this just happen or was she ill? Should I throw out the eggs I've collected from her this week?
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I'm sorry for your loss.

    There is no way to tell the cause of death without a necropsy.

    Chickens have been known to just die. She may have had a stroke or heart attack. You just never know.

    If you do find that more die in short order, then you will need to investigate further.
     

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