Dead Chicken - Help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MrsK44, Apr 10, 2017.

  1. MrsK44

    MrsK44 New Egg

    Apr 10, 2017
    I have (had) a flock of 13 chickens that were born June 1st of 2016. All have been healthy and happy until recently. They started laying around mid December. They were laying regularly until my 3 Welsummers quit laying about 2 months after they started. The other breeds are all still laying about an egg a day. Almost all of the hens lost a lot of feathers right around the time that the Welsummers quit laying... in a patch right at the base of their tail. I never saw mites or lice, but treated them with diatomaceous earth and some Blu-Kote spray (on different days, not close together). They still don't have their feathers back, but I haven't seen any worsening of the bare spots so I have left them alone. Tonight, one of the Welsummers came up dead. She had shown no signs of anything other than stopping laying a couple months ago.

    Since the entire breed had stopped laying and none of the other ones, I just figured that there was something seasonal with them... am I wrong?

    Is there something else I can or should do for the feather loss?

    Should I be concerned about the rest of my flock? They all appear happy now, but so did the dead one... right up until she died!

    She was not a very submissive or dominant bird, just kind of did her thing and didn't seem too bothered by the others.

    I need help!! I'm very confused by the death, lack of laying, and feather loss!

    Any advice is appreciated, thank you!!
  2. coach723

    coach723 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2015
    North Florida
    Do you have a rooster? Feather loss there can sometimes be roo damage. Also can be feather picking. If it's feather picking then upping the protein in their diet can help. You can mix in, or switch to, a grower feed or a feather fixer feed. Just make sure that you are offering oyster shell for calcium separately as non-layer feeds will not have enough for laying hens. Also picking can happen from over crowding.
    For the laying issues, many birds slow down in the winter, or stop laying altogether (depends on age, breed, etc) due to the reduced hours of light. Then they will pick back up again as the days get longer in the spring. Many things could have caused the death, and the only way to know for sure is a necropsy. Could have been a laying issue, or any of a number of other things.

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