Hens Dying????

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by newarkrooster, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. newarkrooster

    newarkrooster Out Of The Brooder

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    I had 39 chickens up until about a week ago, 11 are 2yr and the other 28 ar 1 yr, I bought 6 day olds about a week ago. The problem is last Wed I came home from work and found a hen dead in the hen house, but I thought, "Who knows maybe it just happened?" but then today I cam home nad ther was another one lying dead in the floor of the coop. Nothing show to be wrong with them, no damage, they are free rangerws on about 3 acres. Should I be worried? Should we stop eating the eggs?
    Any thoughts would be appreciated, thanks.
     
  2. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are they heavy production birds? 2 years is trying on a heavy layer... hard o ntheir little bodies... they have heart attacks and such.

    Iam sure someone else on here knows more about it though.
     
  3. newarkrooster

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    The one last week was a 1 yr od Buff Rock and the one today was a 2yr old RIR. As far as I know they are typical hens.
     
  4. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there anything in the yard they could have ate? Sounds to me like they got into something while free ranging
     
  5. newarkrooster

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    I really have no idea it is the same yard they were in last spring and summer, it is about 3 acres of wooded area with open grass areas.
     
  6. spook

    spook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Call your local veterinarian tomorrow morning and ask how to get in touch with your areas diagnostic lab! It usually is connected with a University and the local Extension service can also tell you- and looking it up tonight online.
    But, you really need to not ask us, but ask someone that can test, find out what is what and go from there. It could be a Vite deficiency to a toxin or even a disease and you do need to know this before adding more to your flock, it could be something in your soil where you may have had birds before, or something you just brought in on these guys. Like many of us say, its not that you need to be worried, fretting or beware, but its bringing in facts so you know to BE AWARE.
    The stress that birds go through in transit and free range so soon after bringing in, it is nervous to them. Keep them in a pen for a few days until they are fully aware of where to return to for safe roost, food and water. (Sounds like they are fine, but they need adjusting time too)
    Good luck!

    (edited for this) I was confused by the new ones you bought, I thought they were these that died. But you do need to have a diagosis if you have one more die. Find out how to "store" the corpse until the time comes to deliver it. Also, some of these tests can be done by blood and saliva, so don't think you have to have another dead one or euthenize one for the testing)
     
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  7. newarkrooster

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    thank you for the info, I hope more info is coming, by the way the 6 new ones were from Ideal,via the feed store, so I would think they should be disease free.
     
  8. newarkrooster

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    more help please, any other ideas???
     

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