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Hen died suddenly, have no clue why??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by trunkman, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. trunkman

    trunkman Songster

    Dec 26, 2009
    Rock Hill SC
    I thought I'd give the chickens a treat this afternoon so I cooked up some spaghetti, my wife and I started feeding the flock with the treat and about half way through the treat I noticed one adult hen came out of the coop so I brought a small handful of spaghetti to her and dropped it in front of her, she was panting a bit so I thought she was just hot, it was about 85. As I walked away I looked at her hind end and noticed she had something red coming out of her, I thought she was getting ready to lay an egg, so I just shrugged and started walking away, as I turned I heard fluttering so I turned back around to see what she was doing and she just flopped on her back and kicked her feet a couple times and died. What a shock, I've never witnessed this before. After she passed she oozed a little bit of blood from her vent. Sorry still in shock and wondering what just happened, any ideas? [​IMG]
  2. laceynoelle

    laceynoelle Songster

    Nov 12, 2009
    Im not sure. She might have been egg bound, or had some sort of intestine problem. how were her eggs? My mother had a hen that laid two huge eggs, about twice the size of normal, than dropped dead. Were there any irregular eggs? The only plausible thing seemsto be a laying problem of some sort. Im sorry she died though. [​IMG]
  3. Gonzo

    Gonzo Songster

    May 25, 2009
    Southwestern, In
    I'm so sorry for your loss! [​IMG] We lost a perfectly healthy hen the same way last month... don't know what happened! [​IMG]
  4. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Songster

    Sep 4, 2009
    The red thing hanging out of her vent could have been a prolapsed uterus, torn and bleeding from being pecked at by the other birds.

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