Found my little Speckled Sussex pullet dead this morning.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Herself, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. Herself

    Herself Out Of The Brooder

    May 3, 2010
    When I went out to open the chicken coop this am I found my pretty little Emma dead on the floor. Yesterday she seemed fine, and the rest of the girls seem ok. I couldn't see any marks or anything. She was about 3 months old, and very small. The other chicken are different breeds 2 Buff Orps, two Partridge rocks, and a gold lace wyadotte. They were the same age, but twice as large as Emma. Now I'm afraid it is something catching & something will happen to the others.
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    My hatchery SS are bigger than my hatchery PR. Since she was so small, I would say it is most likely that she had congenital defects. She may even have been a "failure to thrive," meaning she simply couldn't grow normally, for any of a number of reasons, perhaps a heart defect or a missing enzyme to digest food or a lot of other things.

    Sorry for your loss -- but I think it unlikely that it was something the others could catch, or they would all have been small.
  3. TheFarmMama

    TheFarmMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 4, 2009
    Stafford, VA
    Very sorry to hear that, hopefully it was just a fluke of some sort [​IMG]
  4. CCFarms9559

    CCFarms9559 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2010
    Jeffersontown, Ky
    I'm so sorry. Bad way to start the day. Sounds like a defect and hopefully everyone else will be OK.
  5. rosco

    rosco Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2009
    Texas Panhandle
    fingers crossed

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