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my favorite chicken is dead, the first death

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chickens? WOW, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. Chickens? WOW

    Chickens? WOW Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 21, 2010
    Western Montana
    We live in Missoula Montana. It has been getting pretty cold up here, very cold. It gets below 0 on all the nights. WHen I was putting them away two of my six chickens would not get out from under the bunny hutch. I tried to get them it took a long time! It was wierd because those were two who were always super sweet. When I finally put them in I checked that they had water and food, they did. Then I made sure the heat lamp was on, and closed the door. When I went to let them out, one was on the floor of the coop, lieing on her face. I went inside and yelled for my dad to help me. We took her out, but she was already dead. She didn't smell or anything, and was a good wieght. She might of died of exposure, we do have a foot of snow. They usually don't go in the snow. I think I am going to take out all the litter and replace it. I have the deep litter method going on, I know I shouldn't take it all out for that, but I if it is a desease I want the bacteria to die. I also have the coop open, hoping the cold kills any bacteria, the chickens do have a cozy snug place to hangout in. If one looks off, I think I can take her inside for the night and help her a little. I really hope none die, these are my first chickens the one that died was my favorite too. I was happy that none had died yet, I thought I was doing well for a newbie, but I guess not.
  2. Ms.FuzzyButts

    Ms.FuzzyButts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2009
    North Alabama
    [​IMG] So sorry!! You are doing fine. Sometimes things just happen with no real explanation as to why. Again, sorry this happened to you!!!
  3. Chickens? WOW

    Chickens? WOW Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 21, 2010
    Western Montana
    Thank you, I just hate to think that I could of done something, but I didn't. I think I am definatly going to make mash.
  4. fiberart57

    fiberart57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2009
    Sorry about your loss. It's sad.

    Sometimes chickens just die. Your hen may have had a heart defect or something else wrong that you couldn't possible have known about. It sounds like you were doing just fine with their care.

    Go to the Managing Your Flock thread and read up on chickens and the cold as well as heat lamps. You'll find as many people for them as against them. The argument for seems to be if the owner's cold, then the chickens must be also. Others argue that they use the energy to keep warm to produce eggs instead. The argument against them is that it's a shock to the chickens' system to go from a warm coop to a cold outdoors and that's harder on them than staying warm at night. Remember that they have down coats, but there are certain breeds that don't do as well in the cold as others.

    Is the heat lamp you're using a red light? If not, consider a red light because white light causes chickens to stay awake at night and not sleep and rest like they should. Try to image what you'd be like if you were awake 24 hours a day with minimal dozing.

    Good luck and sorry about the hen again.


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