teamsunbelt

Songster
8 Years
May 23, 2011
285
3
101
Midland, NC
I lost one hen yesterday, I am not sure what from. She was very week when I found her on Tuesday. She was fine all weekend. She was laying on the ground and did not get up when I opened the run door. I picked her up and sat her outside where she moved along. Later I found her lying down again. When I picked her up she slumped over and water poured out of her beak. I noticed she felt light and her craw was empty. I sat her aside in an isolated pen with water and food. We did give her a dose of Vet-Rx. That evening her breathing was very labored, I was confident she would not make it through the night. I was correct when I found her the next morning. I am not sure how long there were any symptoms, none that I noticed.

I plan on giving Rooster Booster to the rest of my flock and a dose of Vet-Rx tomorrow.

Does anyone have an idea what this may have been? Anything else that I can do for prevention?
 

chi-rn

Chirping
8 Years
Jun 11, 2011
873
1
99
Sometimes you just never know.... I lost a 17 week-old Golden Comet last March. Never knew why, although she only laid double eggs twice before dying. So, suspect egg-bound. Cried. Had funeral. Got more chicks. So sorry for your loss.
 

teamsunbelt

Songster
8 Years
May 23, 2011
285
3
101
Midland, NC
This is was a Welsumer. I had only one. She laid big dark speckled eggs. She could almost keep up with my Comets. Know that I think about it, she did not lay for a few days before she died.

I am not emotional about a chickens death. I try not to treat them too much like pets. I do however worry about them being healthy and well cared for. My daughter on the other hand names all of them. This one was "Summer". My biggest concern is that it is not affecting my whole flock.
 

Quinn4321

Songster
9 Years
Aug 28, 2010
7,215
1
219
P.A/M.D border, USA
The water pouring out of her mouth and the labored breathing sounds like somehow she had gotten water in her lungs.

Has it been rainy? Or really hot?

Another possibility is she died of extreme heat, but it doesn't really sound like that to me.

Sorry for your loss.
--Quinn
 

teamsunbelt

Songster
8 Years
May 23, 2011
285
3
101
Midland, NC
It has not been rainy. She did spend most of her nights outside. This week has not been as hot as a few weeks ago.

Would an airway infection linger on and then kill one off in a couple days?

I did treat all birds with liquid Drench today. Feed store was out of Rooster Booster, but I will get that next week.
 

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