HELP! Sudden death!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Oncoming Storm, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. Oncoming Storm

    Oncoming Storm Chirping

    Jun 3, 2019
    This just happened! I was walking up to check on my pigs and young chickens to top off their food and water. I had fed and watered them earlier in the day And everyone was fine. That’s no longer the case. When I walked up to the pen I noticed one of My broiler hens was pressing herself up against a tree sitting down, resting against the roots. I stood her up and she stood there all dazed and I assumed she just must be hot and fed the others to leave her alone so I could give her some water. But after feeding everyone I returned to her and prepared to water her when she suddenly started flapping her wings and started spazzing. It looked like a violent seizure of some kind, her head wouldn’t come off the ground her eyes her closed And she couldn’t get her feet under her. This lasted only about 15 seconds before she went limp on the ground and died. I know there’s an epidemic going around and I want to protect the rest of my flock if it is some strange disease. Everyone else is eating and drinking, but she was fine at 10 o’clock this morning.
  2. ladybug3698

    ladybug3698 In the Brooder

    Feb 15, 2019
    If any start to display symptoms, quarantine and clean/disinfect that coop. It could have just been a seizure, has she had issues previously?
  3. Oncoming Storm

    Oncoming Storm Chirping

    Jun 3, 2019
    Not that I’d seen before. I do know someone with the same breed who lost several to heatstroke, but I don’t know. She was especially large compared to the other pullets, she was bigger that the cockerels in the group despite being the same age. I wonder if she had a fluke when growing and it caused a health issue.
  4. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

    Jul 23, 2018
    Apalachin, NY
    My Coop
    If she was a broiler (Cornish X) and she was that large, I would assume she had a heart attack. It is unfortunately not uncommon to lose them that way.
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