Help Please...rooster Died...not Sure Why.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by singlin, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. singlin

    singlin In the Brooder

    Aug 7, 2009
    My name is Staci.
    My family and I new to chickens. We moved in Dec. bought some baby chicks in Feb (we live in AZ) they have been thriving...they are about 6+ mo old. We had 2 hens, and one Roo.
    I am currently away from home, our house sitter called me today. He said when he went over this morning our Roo was fine...strutting around with his girls. Making noises, drinking water, pecking the feed that was tossed down to them.
    This afternoon/evening he went back to give them new water. The Roo was laying on the ground panting, blinking his eyes with mucus-y looking stuff coming out of his beak. He died with in minutes of our friend being at our house. No telling how long the poor Roo was sick today.
    What if anyone has any idea do you think was wrong? Do you think the girls will get sick?
    We have a dog too. He is currently at the house sitters home and hasn't been to the house today at all. Our cats are inside. Do you think I should worry about them or our kids being around the chickens?
    Is there any way to find out what is wrong with the dead bird?
    What do I do with the dead bird?
    Our Lab killed one of the chickens a while back and our neighbor told us to put it in the desert for the coyotes. Is this a bad idea if the chicken/roo was sick?
    Hopelessly worried in AZ...
  2. kezabel

    kezabel Songster

    [​IMG] but sorry fpor your loss, I don't know what happened to your rooster I'm new to chickens too. Someone will know and should be along soon. Everyone is very helpful on here. Again welcome to you and your family [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Welcome from southern Indiana! You might copy and repost most of your information and submit under a different thread. There is one specifically for illnesses (this one is just for new member introductions). You will get more help there for your problem. Good luck!
  4. eaganchickens

    eaganchickens Songster

    Sep 21, 2008
    [​IMG] from MN!
  5. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from S. Florida. Glad you joined us!

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