Finding Dead Hens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sandraconvery, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. sandraconvery

    sandraconvery Out Of The Brooder

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    i got 11 new .p.o.l pulletts two of each different breeds to find one dead in hen shed 5 days later another yesterday in garden another tis eve is ther a bullie amongst my flock no blood jus looks like neck broke one eye has little drip blood. i locked cock away lasts night seperate but one still dead tis morning so today i seen a brown new one and seen her bullining others so seperated her now coul all this is her trying to be toppecking order and they fight till death? im so sad to have lost them i really thought they would be more docile than that. [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. Yessur Ebob

    Yessur Ebob Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2010
    Pennsylvania
    Have you noticed anything strange about the birds before they die?

    Do the birds seem to pick on each other?

    I have never heard of hens killing each other, so it seems more likely that you have a disease.
     
  3. sandraconvery

    sandraconvery Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:yes since these came they seem to pick on each other i noticed one in paticular wanting all good food pickings first and rest keep their distance then but cock was also pecking them that why i seperated him. but no dont think outh stange about them before hand i only have then a week and half. unless they came with something although i still wonder would they fight for top pecking order
     
  4. Yessur Ebob

    Yessur Ebob Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2010
    Pennsylvania
    Quote:yes since these came they seem to pick on each other i noticed one in paticular wanting all good food pickings first and rest keep their distance then but cock was also pecking them that why i seperated him. but no dont think outh stange about them before hand i only have then a week and half. unless they came with something although i still wonder would they fight for top pecking order

    Yes they would very like fight some because of the pecking order, however I have never heard of hens fighting to the death. If you could post some pictures of both live and dead birds that would be helpful.
     
  5. sandraconvery

    sandraconvery Out Of The Brooder

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    yes i have concentrated on the chickens and noticed to last two days sitting fairly still most time but one big thing they are doing is keep opening and closing there mouth as if they were trying to swallow but not eating or drinking with head tilted up and then they both died . only bantam these were and i have them since chicks only about couple mths old . so it must be disease but what is it i wonder . there was nothing wrong with my flock untill i got new chickens then they started dying one by one. can i stop it spreading if someone would have a idea what it is and how to treat.
     
  6. Yessur Ebob

    Yessur Ebob Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2010
    Pennsylvania
    It's possible that you could save them but you would have to treat them. If you can, take one of the dead birds to a vet or something and have it examined to determine the disease.

    In the meantime I give them some antibiotics.

    Good Luck.
     
  7. wolftracks

    wolftracks Spam Hunter

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    I have 2 hens going to auction on Monday. They pecked my wheaten Marans poulet to death.

    I thought I had taught them a lesson since they used to bully my game hens, BTW these hens are a mixed hen and a BR. I tossed them in with some FBCM hens that made their lives miserable, because they became the bottom of the pecking order instead of the top. None of my other birds act like them and they are so out of her!
     

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