healthy chicken died for unknown reason

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickensRPZ, May 24, 2008.

  1. chickensRPZ

    chickensRPZ In the Brooder

    Mar 29, 2008
    our chicken, red (a rhode-island red) just recently passed away.


    She was a healthy chicken and has never had anything wrong with her in her life.

    The other day we found her in a corner dead. She had no broken bones, had no blood, and no other signs of sickness.

    All we know is that she hadn't been laying eggs for a couple of days. We think the death is something to do with that.

    Any suggestions would be great!

    If you need more info, just reply and i will give more info!

    thanks so much

  2. chickensRPZ

    chickensRPZ In the Brooder

    Mar 29, 2008
    this might be a silly question but,

    could the egg get like stuck in her?

    once again we saw no symptoms of her dying.

    so please please give suggestions, this is really important to know if this is something that could be spread to my other chickens,

    thanks again
  3. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    Yes, she could have become eggbound. Or an egg could have broken in her. Just keep an eye on the rest of your flock for anything strange just in case. Sometimes a bird can die from something without any visible signs and it is really something else. I had a friend who started losing seemingly healthy birds, one after another. No symptoms or signs. Finally, she had the state do a necropsy and found out it was cocci. Once she treated for that, there were no more deaths. If you lose anymore, I would recommend saving the bird and calling the state immediately for a necropsy. I hope this was an isolated incident for you. Best of luck and sorry to hear about Red.
  4. petlove

    petlove Songster

    Jan 27, 2008
    Skiatook, OK
    If she was egg bound you might try giving your hens oyster shell. It will help with the hardness of the eggs.
  5. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I'm sorry for your loss...
    usually if a hen is eggbound, it's because the egg has a soft shell and there's nothing for the muscles to "grab" onto to help push it out...So she'll strain and sometimes that can cause a heart attack or a stroke and you just find your hen dead...with no other symptoms.

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