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Dead Chicken ...why?

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

  1. PPhilbrick

    PPhilbrick Hatching

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    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!

    PPhilbrick
     
  2. chickensioux

    chickensioux Songster

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    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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