hens getting fat and barely moving and next day die.help?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by davecharrogers, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. davecharrogers

    davecharrogers New Egg

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    we have had 2 hens (7 months old) die approx 2 weeks apart. One day we notice that they are really fat and waddling, barely walking and the next morning we find them dead. Any ideas or help before we lose more would be appreciated.
     
  2. Gargoyle

    Gargoyle Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Have you checked their vent to make sure they aren't constipated or egg bound? If they are blocked up they can get infected and die.
     
  3. wolftracks

    wolftracks Spam Hunter

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    Thought I'd post so maybe someone can see this and help.
     
  4. RhodeIslandRedFan

    RhodeIslandRedFan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, davecharrogers, and welcome to BYC [​IMG] What kind of chickens do you have? If you are raising meat chickens (like Cornish Xs), they are bred to gain weight rapidly and be ready for processing by about 5 months or so. If you try to keep them longer their bodies can't support the increasing weight and eventually they die from complications like heart or respiratory failure. What breed of hens did you have that got fat and died?
     
  5. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's what I was wondering as well.

    Oh, and [​IMG]. Sorry you are joining us under unhappy circumstances.
     
  6. davecharrogers

    davecharrogers New Egg

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    Thank you all for your help so far. We have not checked their vent. Didn't even think of that since both died so quickly. They are laying hens - one was a Red Star brown egg layer and the one that died today was a white silkie.
     
  7. RhodeIslandRedFan

    RhodeIslandRedFan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only other thing I can think of is that they are filling up with fluid (ascites) for some reason, as with heart failure or peritonitis. How long from the time they started getting "fat" until they passed away? Did they look fat all over or in a certain area of their body (like the abdomen)? Any other symptoms you noticed?

    Edited to add this link https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=362422
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2011
  8. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Just from the description of puffed up and waddling sounds like egg bound. You might look it up on the google search above right for the treatment in case it happens again. Sorry for your loss.
     
  9. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We probably need more information. Here's a few more questions...

    What were they eating? Any changes in diet recently?

    Were they laying? How long had they been laying? How long before they died had they laid?

    Any others in your flock showing symptoms?
     
  10. bonbean01

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    Firstly, I'm very sorry your hens died [​IMG] Secondly, I am not familiar with what egg bound means? How would I know if one of my hens was egg bound?
     

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