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My baby of the flock just died...need some info

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickymama32, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. chickymama32

    chickymama32 Out Of The Brooder

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    So the baby of the flock today was acting lethargic and just not herself at all. I separated her in a kennel and we left to go back camping. We were camping and I came home to check. So it started raining in the middle of the night so I rushed home because her kennel was not enclosed. I saw her all puffed up in the back and picked her up brought her inside. She looked up at me puked and died. It was not a putrid smell coming from her but it was clearish/yellowish liquid.

    Anyone experience this? Should I be worried about my 3 other hens? Should I do anything besides clean the coop ect real good?

    I am so devastated right now
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Sorry for your loss. If you could could do your own necropsy, you might be able to determine a cause if it is something fairly easy to see, such as an impacted crop, proventriculus, or gizzard, or a worm load inside the intestines. Egg yolk peritonitis and tumors sometimes can be seen, along with odd spots on the liver. Your state vet could do a more thorough necropsy. Chickens can suddenly die for no apparent reason without having a contagious disease, although it is still devastating if they are pets.
     
  3. chickymama32

    chickymama32 Out Of The Brooder

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    She was def. more a pet to me. She was the only one I didn't get as a baby and when I got her she was in rough shape. The hardest was to see that last little bit of light and energy as she looked at me before she passed. I have never had an animal die in my arms before. I do not have funds for the necropsy but if another hen comes up sick I will find a way to do that. I cleaned the coop and run as best I could. Im praying it was something that isn't transferred to my other girls. I have a very small flock of now 3 almost laying hens. One laid her first the other day/
     

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