Lost a hen today

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 6chix, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. 6chix

    6chix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2007
    Western Ma
    Today one of my lovely Buff orpington hens died suddenly, Here is some background and observed symptoms.

    Flock of 18 10 month old hens and one rooster.
    All of these birds have lived together since hatching
    Coop is 8x12 with a attached 400 sq ft run.
    feed is layer pellets, sunflower seeds and household spoilings

    Everyone was fine this morning when I let the birds out to the pen. This afternoon I noticed one hen who was having a hard time walking. She was stumbling and couldn't make it back up the ramp into the coop.
    Brought her into the house and put her into the crate for isolation, she ws very listless and didn't move around at all. Left the house and returned 4 hours later and she was gone [​IMG]. Eyes were clear, feathers looked good, comb looked normal. Her tail was down when I brought her into the house.
    There was a small watery greenish colored poop near her butt when I picked her up after she was dead.

    I checked on the rest of the flock and everyone was on the roost and looked alright.
    Does anyone have any idea what may have caused this death? I really don't want to lose anymore of my precious birds.
  2. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    how was her breastbone, was it skinny?

    Possibly of egg prolapse.
  3. timbofarms

    timbofarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2008
    Humboldt/West TN
    I'm sorry for ur lost. [​IMG]
  4. damselfish

    damselfish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    Southwest Missouri
    Not a clue, but lost a couple birds today to predators and wanted to send sympathy your way. Hope you find your answer.

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