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Found our roo dead in the coop

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by blessedmamato3, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. blessedmamato3

    blessedmamato3 In the Brooder

    Jul 11, 2011
    Hey all,

    He hasn't been acting sick and was outside yesterday doing his thing. There was no evidence of anything getting him. His crop wasn't impacted.

    The rest of the 13 hens all are acting and looking fine. Should I be concerned about something going around? I don't want to give them antibiotics if it's not absolutely necessary, as they are strictly organic.


  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Any sudden death with no warning and no evidence of predators I always attribute to heart attacks or strokes. If I found one laying funny against a fence or wall, I might think broke a neck flying or running into something. But no, if he was acting fine, and the hens are acting fine, I would not be concerned about disease. JMO. And sorry you lost your roo if he was a keeper...
  3. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Crowing

    Oct 31, 2008
    West Michigan
    My Coop
    I'm sorry about your roo. Sometimes sudden death can occur because of congenital heart problems.

    If you don't see any symptoms, then it makes sense to keep an eye no them for now. You may want to check out this link to have ideas of what to watch out for:

  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Roosters in particular often die of sudden heart attacks. It just happens. They have high stress jobs, on alert all the time, watching the skies and surroundings while their women stuff their faces. It takes a toll on them, I'm sure. If you see no symptoms from anyone else, I would chalk it up to that and not worry.

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