1. wildflowers

    wildflowers Out Of The Brooder

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    So this morning my daughter went out to feed the chickens and found a dead roo. I felt so horrible about this, she is only 7, she just feeds them scratch every so often. She came in saying there was a chicken skin and was wondering if they shed their skin like snakes. So my husband and I went out and sure enough dead bird. Specifics...

    1) What type of bird Buff Ophington, age 13 weeksand weight no clue
    2) What is the behavior, exactly. Dead, stiff, no marks
    3) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. nothing
    4) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    5) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. They have been on chick starter, scratch, black oil sunflower seeds, grit, scraps more below
    6) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. Looks normal
    7) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
    8 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
    9) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    10) Describe the housing/bedding in use We put down straw recently, there is bare earth for part of the coop, the rest is covered and finished with linoleum.

    So some things I am just now thinking about. Straw, impacted crop? We currently have 20 birds. My husband said that this one looks like it was a bit smaller than the others. We have 4 older birds, they are the ones that we feed the black oil sunflower seeds to, but it is possible that some could get to the younger ones, could that be a problem?
    We were just about, like this week going to cull our roos, they were packing peanuts. There are 5 left, question is, should we assume that they are healthy enough to kill and eat? That seems like an odd question.
    And after doing a search I found that a lot of sudden deaths seemed to be buff ophingtons, is this coincidence?
     
  2. wildflowers

    wildflowers Out Of The Brooder

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    So an update. My husband opened up the crop to see if there was straw or anything in it and it was empty. Just mucousy liquid.
    So really, anyone have any ideas?
     
  3. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    Well he wasnt eating. Maybe the other birds were keeping him away from the feed. Especially if you have another roo? Sometimes that will happen with the bird ta the bottom of the pecking order.

    Mucousy doesnt sound to good. Was there any color to it or just clear? Very sticky at all?
     
  4. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    Sorry about your dead chicken. [​IMG] to your little girl.
     

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