In the Brooder
- Jan 2, 2012
My healthy 3 month old chicken just got very tame, lethargic, fluffed up and then died suddenly in a 24 hour period. I only noticed symptoms for an hour before she died.
I am so worried that whatever caused this might lead to more deaths in the flock. I am new at this and have come up with a few possibilities:
1. Weed killer and lawn fertilizer applied to lawn (where chickens graze) in June and Sept respectively. We've had a heavy rain and a lot of sprinkler use since then.
2. Hydrangea and jasmine accessible to birds about 30 min/day.
3. Didn't wash water and food containers with soap/hot water for a few weeks. Just scrubbed well with cold water.
4. They are sleeping in a coop with 100 watt infared bulb with outside temps at 35-40 at night. I leave the window open about 2 inches for ventilation. (4x4' coop with 6 hens)
Could any of these have caused her death? Anything I should do for the other chickens to keep them safe?
Any advice from the veterans out there would be great.