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My Giant Orp Rooster was fine last night and dead this morning!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ilerner, Dec 5, 2015.

  1. ilerner

    ilerner New Egg

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    Why am I crying over a dead rooster?

    Sir Poops-a-lot was only about 10 months old and more than 20 pounds - very active and ranged nearly 1/3 acre - no signs of illness or distress - hugging his girls last night and dead today!

    Can they just get too big for their hearts? Everyone else is fine. Cleaned the coop just in case - what else should i do?
     
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2015
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Sorry for your loss. It can be common to lose a bird around the age of maturity from some sort of organ failure, especially the heart. If you refrigerate the body, you could send it off to your state vet for a necropsy. Each state has different prices for that, while some, such as California are free.
     
  3. ilerner

    ilerner New Egg

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    Thx for the reply and for listening. He was huge (even for and English Orp) according to an experienced farmer down the street - weighed him at the post office (before they opened) and he was just over 21 pounds. The girls were all cuddled around him this morning when i opened the coop - he brought us so much fun! You could hear him running when he thought i was bringing out treats.

    Sir Poops-a-lot was the only rooster i've had that never chased me. i'm going to see if the farmer will try to incubate any eggs i get over the next few days - or maybe we will just get another - it is sooooo quiet outside with him gone.
     

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