Dead Hen... but why?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bleenie, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    One of my girls started looking ill some time back, weight loss and almost no appetite. At the time I had isolated her and after around 10days or so she was doing better and no one else was ill so i let her back with the flock. She's been fine until the past week. She started looking weak and droopy again, was skinny and had taken up residence in a box with a broody hen(to stay warm). I KNOW I should have culled her yesterday but it was Christmas and i thought i could put it off until today. Well when i went to check for chicks this morning she was dead. I removed her, checked everyone else out but everyones fine, even the 3 hens she's been snuggling with.

    I still don't know what happened to her. I guess I am looking for some reassurance for the rest of my flock? If it was ONLY affecting the single hen it was likely genetic or something that she ate maybe?

    Everyone else seems fine but I am still a little worried. Also have new chicks and more hatching in the coop so I am concerned for them as well, especially because I'd like to rehome them.
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    It couldve been external or internal parasites that did her in. Sorry you lost her. I recommend that you visually inspect your birds for lice/mites, consider worming them if you havnt done so.
  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop
    Sorry for your loss. I'd send her to the state lab for a necropsy.
  4. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    They were all treated with Ivomec not too long ago so should have been free of parasites. They for sure had no lice/mites. Cant really afford to do the necropsy, and last time i called in for something similar they just told me it was likely genetic since it was just a single bird affected. That one was definitely genetic though, i bred and raised her and she had chronic issues. this one was a hatchery GLW though.

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