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death after mating

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lkm24, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. lkm24

    lkm24 In the Brooder

    Mar 10, 2008
    One of my 8-month old Chantecler hens died today. Earlier in the day, I was in the coop and saw our rooster mating with her - looked like a normal mating - short and not so sweet. I thought it was odd when she didn't get back up afterwards - though she was alive.

    When I came back later, she wasn't.

    These birds have all been very healthy, including her - as far as I could tell. They eat an organic layer mash and scraps, and have been doing really well and laying well.

    The only other thing that has seemed off recently is that one of the roosting birds had black poop in the last day. Does anyone know if this is associated with disease?

    Or is it possible that she was injured in the mating process? Does that ever happen?

    Thanks so much for any advice you can give.


  2. I'm not sure hun... Bumping for you though.

    I'm sorry for your loss [​IMG]

    Oh and Welcome to BYC [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2009
  3. HennyPennies2007

    HennyPennies2007 Songster

    Jan 26, 2008
    Nasty roos... [​IMG]
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I suppose it's possible he broke her neck, but I don't have a clue other than that.

    Sorry for your loss.
  5. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Jet black poop is usually internal bleeding, jes sayin. He could've hurt her by being too rough.
  7. lkm24

    lkm24 In the Brooder

    Mar 10, 2008
    Thanks everyone! This morning my remaining 12 hens are still looking very perky and are ravenous. It's just hard to believe that it was disease that got that beautiful hen yesterday.

    So maybe my rooster did break her neck during mating. And he was the gentle one! (We ate the other roo after he wouldn't stop attacking me.) I hope he doesn't keep doing this.

    I appreciate your responses - thanks again.

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