Lost two birds in one week...HELP!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by crazeetxn, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. crazeetxn

    crazeetxn Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 20, 2010
    West Texas
    Last week, I buried my 2nd hen. Today, I have to bury my EE [​IMG]

    I don't know if it's the heat or something else. I have the coop ventilated best I can and a fan to suck out what it can. I give them fresh water and even put ice in it to help. She was playing yesterday, but would let out a soft and short cackle, but was still running around. She got up on the roost last night, but when I checked on them this morning, she was on the floor on the other side of the roost. I don't suspect a snake because I haven't seen any signs of one.

    - When they're out free ranging, could she be getting into something that is in the ground?
    - Could it be the heat? But if so, why at night?
    - I believe she's about 4/5 yrs old based off what the seller told me, but I have no way to know.
    - She still lays on occassion. Maybe once a week or so.
    - The coop is fairly clean, but wouldn't pass a white glove inspection
    - I have them on layena pellets which is what they've had since I've had them for a year
    - Fresh water every day

    Any help would be much appreciated as I'm tired of burying my chickens once a week![​IMG]

    Last edited: Aug 6, 2011
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009
    4-5 years is older for a chicken. If your flock has anything else going on, the recent heat could cause major stress--or even kill them.

    You can:
    -put electrolytes in their water
    -freeze their treats into ice blocks into yogurt tubs
    -go out at night and check for lice/mites
    -make sure there is aequate shade during the day and ventillation at night

    If it is the heat, the hens could have heat exhaustion. It is hard to recover from--especially when chickens don't drink after dark. Also-Chickens can get dizzy from the heat and fall off the roost & injur themselves. This happened to my 6 yrold hen last week. She dislocated her hip and faded in 2 days.

    Good luck!
  3. crazeetxn

    crazeetxn Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 20, 2010
    West Texas
    Thanks for the words of wisdom. I mounted a fan in the window so it circulates the air better and redid their shade. Moved it to a corner where the sun only hits it in the morning.

    I'll check them for lice/mites. But what happens if I find them on them? I have a bag of DE that I dust around with, but they don't ever want me dusting them. They're kinda picky that way.

    Maybe I aughta put a mattress under their roost in case they fall [​IMG]

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