Dead Hen, no apparent reason?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JustDuckyTexas, May 9, 2008.

  1. JustDuckyTexas

    JustDuckyTexas Hatching

    Apr 24, 2008
    I just went out to check on the hens, and found one dead in the hen house. She is about 1 year old, regular Rhode Island Red. She was dead next to the feeder. Her legs and body were stiff, but her neck was still floppy. Should I have her checked somewhere for something? I have never had one die for no obvious reason. The rest of the flock looks healthy, as did she. There is a broody Muskovy Duck in there, sitting on her eggs, and a little Frizzle Banty with one chick, but they would be no match for the hen, so I'm sure they didn't do anything. Besides, she has no signs of any attack.
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Sometimes they just fall over and die. If you didn't see any signs of sickness, no thing changed otherwise, and the rest are fine. Just keep an eye out. Probably nothing you could have done.
  3. DrakeMaiden

    DrakeMaiden Overrun with Drakes

    Jun 8, 2007
    Kitsap County, WA
    I agree with silkiechicken -- keep an eye on the rest.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: