Dead Hen-with yellow residue in feathers?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Remo, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. Remo

    Remo Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 20, 2010
    Oneida, TN
    Found one of my Hens dead today. It had a yellow like residue attached to the underside of its feathers in a few spotsl The residue would just crumble in my fingers when I touched it. We had alot of rain today and the flock was free ranging so its possible that the residue was soft and crumbly because it was rain soaked. Any thoughts on what this is and if it could have caused the death. Hen was about 1.5 yrs old and seemed to be healthy. No signs of struggle or predator attack. Thanks for any help.
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2011
  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 31, 2008
    West Michigan
    My Coop
    I'm sorry about her death. I really can't figure out what that residue you describe is, and if it had anything to do with here death. Hopefully others will have some ideas. I know some people send their chicken's remains to get a necropsy to discover the cause of death.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by