Dead chicken... not sure how/why... help?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by fmoss3, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. fmoss3

    fmoss3 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just went out to my coup and found one of my polish hens dead. I had been out there a just couple hours ago to bring them some food, so whatever it was, it happened very suddenly. She was flat on the ground, and feathers had been plucked from her thigh. My silkie rooster was mounting the body, which was confusing, I'm not sure if that is normal behavior. She was young, just about ready to start laying. I just don't know what could have caused an otherwise healthy chicken to die so suddenly, in a flock that is well-adjusted.

    I've had this flock for a while now, without any problems, between 6 and 8 chickens. The only thing that has been different is that I noticed my moran started to brood. She is the biggest hen, and is very dominant. I want to make sure my other hens stay safe. I was keeping an eye on them through the french doors, but they all just went in the coop for the night.

    I'm not sure if there is too much to figure out... but I've only been keeping chickens for less than 6 months, and there are probably more knowledgeable people here! I've only experienced one other death, and it was a serama with a kidney problem. Her death was explainable, and even expected, but this has me puzzled. Any insights?
     
  2. CluckAcres

    CluckAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To be honest could be many reasons why she died. I have had many unexplainable deaths in my coop. How is the weather where you live? Was she getting enough water and food? What order was she on the pecking order? Could she be just starting to lay and go egg bound? I dont expect you to answer all those questions. I was just pointing out that it could of been a number of things. Sorry I couldnt help more.
     
  3. fmoss3

    fmoss3 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for taking the time to reply. I really do appreciate it.

    As you pointed out, there are a lot of possibilities. I always keep my chickens fed and watered, and our winter is just about over. I'm not sure how to determine the pecking order? I just notice that some are more dominant than others. I guess she could have been egg bound, but I just don't know.

    I just feel so bad. I know chickens die for many reasons, but she was under my care, and I just feel bad :( Hopefully it wasn't anything that will effect my other chickens.

    Thanks again for your reply, it eased my mind a bit.
     
  4. CluckAcres

    CluckAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your welcome. Sorry I couldnt help more. It always makes me upset when i loose one as well. I recently lost a silkie hen and had no clue why either.
     

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