HELP!!! 2 CHICKENS DEAD WHAT COULD IT BE????

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by nadams4, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. nadams4

    nadams4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went in the coop today and two of my black sexlinks were dead!! Laying on the floor. They looked healthy and were active the day before. What could it be??
     
  2. ncgnance

    ncgnance Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so sorry. I have 3 sex links left, myself. One died, and I don't know why, either. You need to give more information. Had she been sick? Laying normally? So many things can go wrong with chickens...
     
  3. nadams4

    nadams4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It seemed healthy so do all of the other birds in the coop. We have been getting our average winter egg amount, so i suppose that everyone is laying normally. I just wonder if it will effect the rest of my coop...?
     
  4. raindrop

    raindrop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sorry! Are you near Ohio State's vet school? They could probably necropsy them for you.
     
  5. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    One dead chicken is weird enough, but two... You should get a necropsy done. You've probably disposed of the bodies already, so if it happens again (I really hope it doesn't) you need to take the body to the state lab to be tested. My state does it for free if you're a backyard flock owner. Look on your state's website and see if there is a lab around you. If not, you could probably contact a vet and have them send the body to a lab for you.
    Get all your homework done now in case this happens again. They usually don't put that information out where it's easy to find. Also, contact the lab to find out how they want you to preserve the body. I'm sorry about the loss of your other two. [​IMG]
     
  6. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The Department of Agriculture in Reynoldsburg Ohio will do a necropsy on them for you. Ohio State doesn't do them anymore, although they're affiliated with the guys in Reynoldsburg. They charge for a necropsy; around $40.00 -$60.00, but it's worth it
     
  7. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Also, they want the dead bird fresh; not more than 24 hours. But call them anyway, if you haven't already. If you need help finding out how to contact them, feel free to email me...we had our share of dealing with them last year year. [​IMG] But they were VERY helpful.
     
  8. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Nichole I answered your pm, sorry, just got it today; let me know if you got it.
     
  9. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    I totally agree with the advice to get a necropsy... anything offered up here is simply a guess.
     

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