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Dead Chicken ...why?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PPhilbrick, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. PPhilbrick

    PPhilbrick Hatching

    Jul 17, 2010
    I have four RIR that are two years old. They have laid consistently-- eat organic feed, bugs, kitchen scraps, etc. Last night I found one dead, with no sign of injury, trauma, illness, etc. Can anyone help me figure out why a healthy chicken suddendly dies?

    ...and this morning one of the chickens has a white substance on her head feathers. Could this be related?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  2. chickensioux

    chickensioux Songster

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    Hi, sorry for your loss. I usually try to offer some insight when I see someone post this question. I'm afraid without a necropsy you will never know what happened. I have had a one year old, healthy hen die suddenly, I got a necropsy done and she had died from a ruptured tumor on her spleen. Yours could have died from any number of things. Heart attack, tumor, etc. I don't know what the white stuff could be on the other hen. Have you checked for lice? Again, sorry.

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