Dead Hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by nes, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. nes

    nes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2009
    Outside Ottawa
    Lost of my favourite hen this morning, which really sucks. She was 7/8 months old, seemed perfectly healthy except I noticed last night her comb had flopped over. Didn't seem like a big deal as it was quite long. Other then that I didn't notice ANY other symptoms but I've been sick all week so not spending as much time with the chickens.

    Found her dead on her roost. Checked her over, everything looks really healthy. Nice weight, no bumps or bruises, her vent even looks ready to lay more eggs [​IMG].

    My only concern is that I lost another chicken late last week. The chicken this morning was a nice healthy dual-purpose hen, the chicken last week was a rather unthrifty red-star who had been struggling for a few weeks. The red star didn't look very healthy, and I was actually going to axe her until I put it off until the next day & she was dead in the morning.

    Any ideas?
  2. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

    Oct 3, 2011
    My Coop
    I'm sorry. [​IMG] I don't know what happend but I will bump you up to get some more help.
  3. fiberart57

    fiberart57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2009
    You're right to be concerned. If you still have the red star or the other, it might be a good idea to take them in for a necropsy to see if they had something contagious for the rest of the flock.

    Until then, if it were me, I'd start some vitamins and make sure the rest have a bit of a nutritional boost to help them if they get sick.

    Good luck
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    It might wise to visually inspect your other birds for lice/mites. Check inside their coop at night with a flashlight for mites crawling around. Worms could be an issue as well.

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