Dropping Dead

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LittlePeck, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. LittlePeck

    LittlePeck In the Brooder

    Jun 5, 2015
    I had some chicks raised by hens that dropped dead one by one. The coop is dusty, but everything else is top-notch. They have clean drinking watering and feed containers, plenty of room, and plenty to eat. There was a chick dead every day.

    Now the adult hens are dropping. I don't see anything wrong with them as far as poop or behavior. Sometimes it seems that they're dropping from their perches at night.

    I have three pens side by side and all three are having problems. As I'm writing this, I realize the major problem may be the dust, for which I have the things to clean them, though I've never had this problem before after years of chickens. Then again, it's suspicious that the three coops share a common screened wall.

    So, I'm tearing my hair out!

    Any suggestions?

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I doubt it is the dust. Almost everyone's coop is dusty to some degree.

    There are perhaps 20 things that can cause sudden death with no symptoms.
    You definitely have something moving through your building. It could be viral, fungal, bacterial,

    Get ready to send the next one to your state poultry lab for necropsy. There is no way to know what is wrong till you get lab work.
    Then you will know the correct course of action - whether that be a thorough cleaning, an antibiotic (if a treatable bacteria) or to cull the flock/s and start over, or even burn the building and wait a year between flocks.

    What state are you in? I'll give you the location and contact info.
    Perhaps it is close enough to drive or get a shipping box ready so you can get it in the mail.
    The bird needs to be refrigerated and if shipping, you need insulation in the box with freezer packs.
    Last edited: Feb 29, 2016
  3. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic Premium Member

    May 22, 2013
    Serving Jesus
    My Coop
    I am soo sorry! [​IMG] Do you think that perhaps they might have some kind of disease that doesn't show symptoms? What does their poop look like? Unusual coloring? Weird smell? Are their combs pale? Loss of weight? Whats their behavior like? I hope you find out whats wrong.
  4. LittlePeck

    LittlePeck In the Brooder

    Jun 5, 2015
    Ahh, that would hurt so bad if I had to give them all up! They're not common breeds. I'll take your suggestion about the state lab. I live in Texas. What kind of box should I use?

    Thank you very much for your help.
    No symptoms at all.
  5. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    You have 6 labs in TX. Call them and ask how they want them shipped.

    Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory
    1 Sippel Road, Drawer 3040
    College Station, Texas 77843
    Phone: 979-845-3414 Fax 979-845-1794
    Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory - Amarillo
    6610 Amarillo Blvd West
    Amarillo, Texas 79106
    Phone: 806-353-7478 Fax 806-359-0636
    Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory - Center
    635 Malone Dr
    Center, Texas 75935
    Phone: 936-598-4451 Fax 936-598-2741
    Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory - Gonzales
    1162 East Sarah DeWitt Drive
    Gonzales, Texas 78629
    Phone: 830-672-2834 Fax 830-672-2835
    Texas Animal Health Commission State-Federal Laboratory
    4501 Springdale Road, Suite B
    Austin, Texas 78723
    Phone: 512-933-0441
    Department of Defense
    Veterinary Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory
    2899 Schofield Road Suite 2630
    JBSA Ft Sam Houston, Texas 78234
    Phone: 210-295-4604
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