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Dead Chicken with innards protruding out?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jacksparrow, May 15, 2011.

  1. jacksparrow

    jacksparrow Hatching

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    I was away for one night--chickens secure in their animal proof enclosure. I came home to find one of my 3 yr olds, dead, with her guts protruding out---a bit too squeamish to look closely, could have been coming out her vent, or her side. She looked a bit funky 2 days ago,sitting down--sluggish. No sign of any predators, feathers, etc. just a very bloody mess on her side.
    Does anyone know what might have happened?
     

  2. cobrien

    cobrien Songster

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    so sorry to hear this. it could be so many things - a ruptured abcess or tumor, a prolapse (where intestines can come out of the vent), or??? you'd have to check more closely to know, or you could store her in a cold place (fridge cold not frozen; on ice is okay) until someone else knowledgeable could check. if you can take photos both close up and far away you could get some better help on byc, but i understand being squeamish.
     
  3. jacksparrow

    jacksparrow Hatching

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    Thank you for your response. I have already buried her as she was my 7 yr old's favorite. My curiosity just got the better of me and I wondered if anyone might know. Thanks JS.
     

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