My chicken died... Can someone help tell me why??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by EmmaJane88, Dec 1, 2013.

  1. EmmaJane88

    EmmaJane88 Chirping

    May 28, 2013
    Hi all,
    My silkie died tonight :-( I went out to shut their doors and she was still outside barely moving. Brought her in, realised liquid was coming out of her mouth.

    We tipped her upside down thinking it was sour crop but the liquid was clear and odourless. We then realised it was also coming from her vent.

    I alternated between clearing her crop and vent by gently tipping her and we thought we were getting somewhere as she became more responsive. However this seemed to be that awful thing nature does where they have one last burst of energy before passing. She died suddenly in my hands :-(.

    What was it? She's been fine all day, no outward signs. The vent liquid smelled foul and was slightly yellow but the crop liquid was totally clear & didn't smell at all. I've brought her coop mates in for the night for observation- I couldn't bare to lose any more :-(

    Thanks in advance xxx

  2. xmonster0

    xmonster0 In the Brooder

    Jun 1, 2013
    Calhan Colorado
    it is possible the silkie got egg bound, and broke an egg internally, im no expert but that's the best guess i have , in all the things i have heard go wrong its the only occurrence i have ever heard that would make a hen leak clear fluid from her beak and vents

    if she coulden't pass the broken or stuck egg she probably got infected and that's what killed her

    on the up side if i'm right , its really a rare occurance and poses no risk to the rest of your flock
  3. fluffychicken24

    fluffychicken24 In the Brooder

    Mar 23, 2013
    The Shire
    Yes, she was probably egg-bound. This happened to my Polish Crested pullet, Marilyn almost exactly. I asked about it and found she was probably egg-bound. Did she seem to have a nearly seizure-like burst of energy? Egg-binding is usually caused by And I'm very sorry for your loss. :(

    Here is more on egg-binding, it's causes, and treating it:
  4. EmmaJane88

    EmmaJane88 Chirping

    May 28, 2013
    Yes, seconds before she died in my hands. Previously barely moving. That's the 2nd I've lost to eggs. So unfair. She must have been in so much pain :'-(

    How can I prevent this? Xxx

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