I lost a hen ... And don't know why ;(

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BarredRockGirls, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. BarredRockGirls

    BarredRockGirls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Question 1
    From another forum-
    "Try dying their vents with different colored food coloring : )"

    Does that really work? I'd love to know . I have 8 laying outta 13 as of today - we found one hen laying DOA under the coop in the shade tonight when we went out to make sure they were all in for the night .. [​IMG][​IMG] she wasn't hurt from the outside it seemed ? It just looked like she was takin a nap? Idk what happened?! [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] they were all fine all day too . Does that just happen??
    ... so anyways now were down to 13 ;( and I'd love to know whoooooo exactly is laying . They are all identical ..
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I've had that happen twice over the years - having a seemingly happy and healthy hen - eating and drinking in the afternoon...dead as a doornail later that evening. Wasn't eggbound, no sign of injury...just dead. [​IMG]
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I've also had hens just dead on and off over the years. Fine one check, stiff the next. It's just something that happens, if there was no sign of illness I don't do anything different, just accept it as one of those things.
     
  4. FLSwampStomer

    FLSwampStomer Out Of The Brooder

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    sorry to hear that.

    I'd do a necrotomy; check the heart, intestines, and other vitals to find out if it might be a parasitic infection or something that could be a concern to the other birds.
     
  5. BarredRockGirls

    BarredRockGirls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks guys . I just hate that idk why ya know . [​IMG]
     

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