How delacate are they known to be?


In the Brooder
Aug 8, 2018
Are chickens known to get scared to death? I had a 1 year old silkie hen drop dead either last night or early this morning. No signs of illness or anything. I feel like it could have been a fear induced heart attack because we recently moved her and her pen mate to my grandmother's and she has a pitbull. But I want to know if that's something they do. I would do a necropsy but I'm too squeamish and and the local vet and animal shelter won't perform one because "it's just a chicken"


Premium member
8 Years
Apr 3, 2011
southern Ohio
Sorry for your loss. Chickens can hide their illness well, and yes, some can just drop dead. If you can save the body in a plastic bag and keep it cold, not frozen, you could call in the morning and send it to your state vet for a necropsy. Here is a list of state vets:
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