Dead Chickens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by wormy270, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. wormy270

    wormy270 In the Brooder

    Jun 8, 2009
    I have 6 hens right now. They are 1.5 years old. I been haveing one hen die about every 3-4 months. They never are sick or anything, they just die. None of the others in the flock ever act sick. Not sure why they just croak. Could they be eggbound or something? Anyone have any ideas.

  2. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    Have they been wormed lately?
  3. birdsNbeesNseeds

    birdsNbeesNseeds Chirping

    Apr 24, 2010
    Give us the following information. The more you tell us, the better we will be able to help you.

    1) What type of bird , age and weight.
    2) What is the behavior, exactly.
    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use

    Several of these are particularly key in helping.
  4. wormy270

    wormy270 In the Brooder

    Jun 8, 2009
    The hens were RIR and Australorps. No symptoms what-so ever. The rest of the flock has never had any symptoms. I do notice some runny poop in the run occasionaly. Dont know which chickens do it. They free-range 2-3 hours a day. I feed them Purina Layena feed. They get fresh water daily and clean their waterer. Their run and coop is cleaned daily. Like I said this only happens every 3 or 4 months. I have never wormed my chickens. Should I.
  5. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Songster

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    It would be a good idea to collect some of the fresher poo piles and bring them into your vet to have a fecal float done. It'll probably only be around $20 and then you'll know if you need to worm or not. You also might get in contact with your county extention office and ask them if the state or any of the colleges in your area do no or low cost necropsy so if you do lose another one you can send it in to find out what is going on. Sorry you've lost some of your girls. [​IMG]

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