Dead hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by doubleott, Mar 3, 2016.

  1. doubleott

    doubleott Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 31, 2016
    Briggs Texas
    When I opened the coop this morning one of our new hens was on her back on the floor dead. She was perfectly fine last night as we do a head count and check them all before locking the coop for the night. Everyone else seems fine, and I don't see any visible injuries, although the ladder to the nesting box was busted off and lying near her. Could a simple fall have killed her? It's only about 2 feet off the ground.
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    i'm no expert, but it could be what is known as "sudden death syndrome". As long as the rest of your flock remains fine, I would have thought its more likely than a falling off a 2ft roost.

    All the best
  3. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Did you examine her to see what her body condition was like? Was her crop full?

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