Hens found dead with no prior symptoms

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by gingerz45, May 19, 2017.

  1. gingerz45

    gingerz45 In the Brooder

    May 23, 2012
    I have found two hens dead in the past several months, the latest just today. Both were found lying inside their coop in the same location and the same position looking like they suddenly expired. Both hens were previously healthy and laying well. Neither hen showed any signs of injury.

    My hens are housed with a rooster. Can a rooster possibly suffocate a hen while trying to mate? That's the only explanation that I've been able to come up with for the sudden deaths of these hens.

  2. WesleyBeal

    WesleyBeal Chirping

    Nov 28, 2016
    Douglas County, Minnesota
    How old? and by any chance were you getting some double-yolk eggs fairly regularly?

    I had this happen to one hen. Couldn't find anything wrong. But I stopped getting extra large double-yold eggs after she passed. I've concluded she was egg bound and I didn't see any signs.
  3. DancingWthDucks

    DancingWthDucks Songster

    Feb 21, 2016
    Cumbria, UK
    Sorry for your loss :(

    The only way you would know for sure would be to send the body off for a lab test, which is quite cheap, and then at least you would know if the others are in danger as well.

    Good luck.
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I doubt that a rooster can be blamed for this. What position were they found in?
    Sometimes when you find a bird on it's back, it is attributed to "flip," which may indicate heart attack, stroke, or sudden death with no explanation.
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockwit Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC, but sorry that you join us under such circumstances. Like D/Diva, I cannot imagine that a cock bird would be the cause.


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