Help! Did I do something wrong?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by fdehaven, May 12, 2011.

  1. fdehaven

    fdehaven Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 17, 2009
    Woodland, PA
    I left my RIR out to free range Monday and every thing was fine. My wife got home and they all came running to her except for one. I figured she was dust bathing because that's were she was last I seen her. About 45 minutes later we found her laying beside the whole she dug. She was died. I never thought that a death of a chicken would upset me. But these girls are like pets to us. Of course we gave her a proper burial. I checked her no marks from preditors at all. Is it some thing I could of done? I just want to make sure that it doesn't happen to any others. By the way she was only 15 months old and showed no sign of illness.
  2. zookeeper15133

    zookeeper15133 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2010
    SW PA
    Copperhead, Rattlesnake?
  3. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

    Oct 18, 2009
    I'm very sorry for the loss of your pet. It could have been any number of things, including a heart attack. The only way to know for sure is to have a necropsy.
    I hope it was an isolated incident and not anything more.

    Best wishes to you.
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    That is a hard one. When you deal with living animals you sometimes have to deal with dead animals. That does not make it any easier though.

    I've found a few dead like that. Sometimes I have a clue of what might have happened, but often there is no indication whatever.

    Was it anything you did? Probably not. Sometimes chickens with something wrong with them just die, say like a weak heart finally just gives out. Something like a heart attack or stroke. It is unlikely but possible she found something poisonous to eat. I hesitate to even include that one since it is so rare and ususally if they eat something poisonous, they don't act right for a while. Sometimes, if they get too much calcium when chicks they can have longterm kidney damage which can eventually kill them, but again they usually don't act right when their kidneys shut down. They don't die instantly. Same with an egg bound hen. Since you are free ranging them it is unlikely you are overfeeding them to the point that they get fatty liver syndrome and die. Like most things that could remotely be considered your fault, they usually don't act right for a while before they die with fatty liver syndrome.

    So with her just dropping dead like that, I'd say it is highly unlikely it is anything you did.

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