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Losing about a hen a month over the last 3 months

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by barley00, Dec 15, 2016.

  1. barley00

    barley00 New Egg

    Apr 14, 2009
    eastern long island, ny
    Hi, We have been losing about a hen a month over the last 3 months. Ages vary from about 2 years old on up to 7 years old. There doesn't seem to be any adverse behavior leading up to it, I'm just finding them dead in the coop. There is always food and water available, they sometimes free range but not so much lately due to the presence of hawks. This mornings find was fresh, rigor hadn't even set in yet. They are heavy which leads me to believe they aren't starving. All seem to be laying well and behaving normally then they drop dead. Our weather hasn't really gotten cold yet, will tonight though. Up until now we have only had a couple nights below freezing. Any ideas would be great. Judging by some of the other queries here it doesn't seem to be rare...

    Thanks a lot.
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    You might to take a freshly dead bird to someone for a necropsy or conduct one yourself.
  3. Mak24456

    Mak24456 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 24, 2016
    What are you feeding them? Are they vaccinated?
  4. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2016
    Agree with @sourland .How does there breast bone feel?Sharp?Skinny?

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