Death/ Vent Question

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by peepinglaura, May 17, 2009.

  1. peepinglaura

    peepinglaura Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2009
    My apologies if you have already read my question. I thought I'd give more info rather than bump up my post from yesterday:

    When chickens (in this case, a rooster) dies, does the vent typically enlarge upon rigor mortis, or is the large open vent a sign of cause of death? Our adored and doted upon silkie roo died- he was not yet 1 year old.

    I'm also wondering if he might have been a bit "off" from the beginning and we didn't really know, since he was our first and only silkie. He had no idea how to go about mating, and would often try to mount the wrong end of a hen Even the other bantams threw him off, and he was usually by himself. He had a deep, proud cock-a-doodle-doo, though, and chalenged the bigger roosters and held his own.

    Our chickens free range. Could there be anything silkies are more succeptible to (as far as poisonous plants, perhaps) than other chickens? I really would like to know what ended this sweet roo's life. A necroscopy is out of the question, since burial is what my kids needed, since this was their loved pet, and it doesn't seem to be contagion-related.


  2. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    I would venture to say he died of cancer
    as that is what would make the vent end enlarge
    and silkie roosters are clumsy any ways mine was
    and silkie roosters die easier than other chickens any ways mine did

    I think that they are so inbred that is one of the problems
    but as you stated his vent area was hard and bigger
    then I would say he had cancer
    so best to bury him and buy another rooster for the kids

    try and feed the flock some
    wet mash probiotic
    here is for one bird
    3 tbsp of dry crumbles
    1 tbsp of yoguart
    2-1/2 tbsp of milk any kind
    feed at least three times a week
    multiply by the amt of birds feeding

    also put 2 tbsp of ACV in thier gallon of water
    email me for any other help
  3. cochinbantam-lover

    cochinbantam-lover Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    I am so sorry about your dear pet roo!!! [​IMG]
  4. peepinglaura

    peepinglaura Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2009
    Thank you. I dreaded the day we would lose this one I just had no idea it would be so soon.

    Now I am thinking it was an impacted crop. Now I am going to have to learn how to check crops. I wish for his sake I learned this skill earlier:(

  5. Renee

    Renee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    My guess is that the vent can sometimes look strange after death. All kinds of bad things happen to human bodies when we die, so I imagine the same would be true of chickens.

    Sorry about your sweet rooster.

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