HELP! Chickens dying!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ellie97, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. ellie97

    ellie97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    102
    4
    101
    Apr 24, 2011
    I'm so freaked out-two of my chickens, one a year old Barred Rock hen, the other a middle-aged silkie hen, both very healthy, died randomly. The year-old girl on Saturday, the other today. They were both healthy and acting normal, then I just found them lying on the ground-the first one was already dead when I found her, the other was just lying on the ground helplessly and died a little while after.Neither had any kind of abrasion. What might be wrong? What can I do to protect the others? I have a big flock of 35+ hens, and I don't want to lose any more! They are my pets! They are on a layer pellet diet supplemented with cracked corn and always have access to both that and clean water. I am not an expert on chickens-please help!!!
     
  2. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

    57,209
    12,568
    751
    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop
    Sorry for your loss... Best thing would be to send them to your state lab for a necropsy or do it yourself. Sending them out is best since they do a lab work, etc and you could only do a basic visual, but it would be better than nothing. Most states do it for free or a smal fee. If you need more help, let me know.
     
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    23,342
    1,217
    448
    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    x2
    A necropsy would be best. You can contact your local extension office or state department of agriculture to find out how to go about doing this.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by