Found dead this morning, no signs of distress

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Jajika, Jul 12, 2019 at 2:28 PM.

  1. Jajika

    Jajika Songster

    Dec 24, 2007
    Northern California
    I found one of my "twins", a Wheaten Aracurna, dead this morning. It appears she died in her sleep as her head tucked under her wing.

    I don't know what to think? Has this happened to others and your thoughts? Very sad, I love my little girls as we all do.

  2. AmyJane725

    AmyJane725 Crowing

    Feb 22, 2019
    Western WA
    Sorry for your loss :(

    I have no clue about what killed her. Was she overly heavy or anything?
  3. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    It is just called a sudden death. It happens. I have always wondered if it was not a heart ailment or something genetically was not quite right and eventually couldn't support the larger body. It sucks, but it happens.

    Mrs K
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Sorry for your loss, it's a shocker to walk in and find a dead bird.
    Yup, but birds were obviously ailing somewhat beforehand so most were not a total surprise. Tho illnesses can be very subtle and hard to spot.
    DIY necrospy might answer your questions as to 'why',
    if you're really curious and familiar enough with chicken innards as I am from slaughtering.
    How old was she?
    Was she laying?
    Was her belly, from just below vent down to between legs, swollen at all?
    Do you regularly examine for external parasites?
    Are you in a Newcastle disease quarantine area?
  5. awizkey

    awizkey Chirping

    Apr 22, 2017
    Northeastern Ohio
    I lost one suddenly last year. Went in the morning to feed/water and she was perfectly fine. Went in early evening to collect eggs and she was stiff. :( From what I have read, chickens are really good at hiding disease. Unfortunately, it happens. All we can do is our best. Sorry for your loss.

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