i need help! dead chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by across727, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. across727

    across727 New Egg

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    Yesterday one of my hens passed away. Her back was nasty for about two weeks i thought she was molting but i came home and she was dead in the nesting box. I need to know what went wrong.
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Did you check for lice and mites?
     
  3. across727

    across727 New Egg

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    I did just a bit ago and all of mine are clean
     
  4. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

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    Have they been wormed??
     
  5. yolkoroo

    yolkoroo Out Of The Brooder

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    I had wormed my chickens in late Sept/ early October and had one silkie who was eating/drnking yesterday but seemed lethargic. She seemed fine this morning but was dead early this evening, with no signs of mites or lice or any signs of being egg bound. I am worried for my other chickens as well. I had another who had been molting and lost back feathers, but she seems fine...if I find anything I will pass it along. I am looking for websites to help solve the mystery as well.
     
  6. across727

    across727 New Egg

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    She was just a fewmonths old and i believe she was sick we brought the other three inside till we can make a heated coop in the summer
     
  7. kichohana

    kichohana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What exactly do you mean by "back was nasty"? Not to be too gross, but was her skin raw and bleeding? You mentioned that there were no lice or mites. Maybe she was "hen-pecked"? I honestly don't think a heated coop would do you any good. They keep plenty warm with their feathers. Unfortunately, heat will kill them a lot faster than cold weather will. Can you provide any more info or pictures of your coop set-up?
     
  8. Gargoyle

    Gargoyle Overrun With Chickens

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    Describe what her back was like- it could well have been an infection.
    Don't be in a hurry to make a heated coop- they handle cold and dry well, but heat and moisture are not good for them. Make sure there is lots of ventilation, they need fresh air.
    What climate are you in? Lots of people in Minnesota and Alaska don't heat their coops.
     

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