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Dead hen, no symptoms

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sharol, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. sharol

    sharol Songster

    Jun 13, 2010
    Admire, KS
    Last night when I put the chickens in for the evening, I found my almost 2 year old GLW dead in the corner of the straw shelter in the run. There were no injuries, no signs of parasites, and she seemed to be a good weight with no sign that she was eggbound. She looked quite healthy except she was dead.

    I have a hen laying soft shelled eggs (green eggs, not hers), so I have been adding shell to their driy feed and the mash I give them in the mornings. Is it possible that she got too much calcium? Can that cause sudden death?

    I know this is reaching, but I tend to look for causes for everything.

    Last edited: Mar 15, 2012

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Same thing happened to me, and has happened to many. You can make guesses but you'll never know, unless you have a necropsy done -- and it's probably too late for that. I think these things are often something to do with the heart or great vessels, maybe an aneurysm blowing out.

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