My Brahma Banty passed away - Some CSI help, please?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by AllChookUp, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    I've had my chickens for just over 2 weeks, so I'm not familiar with what could have caused this. Last Friday before we left town, the little banty was acting oddly, standing with her head pointed into a corner and not moving much. She let me hold her without complaint. The couple days before that, it seemed like she wanted to just stay in her nest box, and not eat much. When we came back into town yesterday (Sunday), I found her dead in her nest box. I know the other hens which are larger picked on her from the start.

    Any idea of what it could have been that caused my little banty to die?

    BTW, The other hens and rooster are acting normally, and the hens are producing eggs steadily.

    Also, I took the precaution of cleaning out her box, spraying bleach solution, putting down some DE, and then new straw for the other chickens. After I removed her body, and cleaned out her nest box, the other two hens came back in the coop and laid eggs - I'm betting they didn't want to lay their eggs with a dead body in there.

  2. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    it could have been any number of things... you can never really know without a necropsy but a move is very stressful on birds (and stress produces physiological consequences in avians) and if they were also bullying her from water and drink that all added up together would have been enough to cause her death.
  3. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    That's kind of what I was thinking, dhl. You're right, without a necropsy, there's no way to tell.

    Oh well, it's kind of sad. Little Lilly was my favorite, for the short time I had her.

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