Found one of my girls dead

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by beauzdad, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. beauzdad

    beauzdad Out Of The Brooder

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    My girls are just 5 months old. Buff Orpingtons and Plymouth rocks. Started getting a few eggs over the last two weeks 3-4 per day..today I came home from work. And collected 7. noticed one of my hens was laying dead under the raised coop. Looks like her vent is torn open. No indication of pecking all feathers in tact. The eggs are still really small. Barely bigger than a ping pong ball, any thoughts on why she might have died. I'm crushed. These are my babies.

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  2. Whittni

    Whittni Overrun With Chickens

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    You can never for sure without an autopsy but it sounds like a prolapsed vent.
     
  3. mithious

    mithious Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you really want to know for sure, your local extension could do a necropsy for way less than a vet. That is what they call an "autopsy" for a chicken, a necropsy.
     
  4. beauzdad

    beauzdad Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you all.
     

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