Hen dropped dead!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ajr, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. ajr

    ajr Out Of The Brooder

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    My year and a half old hen dropped dead. Found her laying on the ground this morning. She had quit laying eggs a couple of months ago, but no other signs of sickness. I tried to find a diagnostic lab in our area but no luck and none of the vets around here deal with chickens. I am afraid for the rest of my flock. What should I do??????????

    ajr
     
  2. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    Sudden Pullet Death happens. I lost a girl like that in her first year. No symptoms, no sickness, no cultural problems, just death within a day. I had to put it down to imperfect egg-laying organs or internal problems unrelated to illness.

    I'm sorry you lost her.
     
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  3. nature nut

    nature nut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What state are you in? I have "The Chicken Health Handbook" and it has a list of each state's poultry pathology labs. It does give a list of things that causes sudden death: fatty liver, streptococcosis, malaria, botulism, cholera, erysipelas, gout, influenza, listerosis, marek's, newcastle, choking, pesticide poisoning, anaphylactic shock. Most of those would cause other syptoms though. So I would probably narrow the list down to fatty liver , gout, newcastle, chocking, pesticide poisoning, eating a poison plant, anaphylactic shock (from being allergic to something she ate or came in contact with), or maybe a reproductive issue like egg binding.
     
  4. ajr

    ajr Out Of The Brooder

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    I am in Oklahoma, but the only lab I could find is in Stillwater which is way too far for me to take it. She was in a pen so she could not have gotten into anything poisonous, though there was a wasp nest in there. She had quit laying a couple of months ago after faithfully laying every day. A couple of days she seemed sleepy but ate and drank like normal.
     
  5. nature nut

    nature nut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only see the Stillwater lab too. Sorry, it was worth a try. Since she hadn't laid in a couple of months, I would bet she was egg bound. If so she might have shown one or more of these: not eating, acting depressed, reluctant to fly or perch, abnormally wide stance, or persistent wagging of the tail.

    I guess the other possibility is that she ate or agitated a wasp and got stung in the process swelling up her throat [​IMG]

    Anyway, for now it doesn't seem like the rest of the flock is in danger of being infected.

    Anybody else have a theory?
     
  6. ajr

    ajr Out Of The Brooder

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    She did seem depressed, but thought that was because I had moved her and some other hens to a new pen.

    The last egg she laid was quite a struggle for her, so maybe she was egg bound, but she sure didn't show the signs of it.

    Thanks anyway:)

    ajr
     

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