My girls are dying!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Molnut, May 9, 2019.

  1. Molnut

    Molnut Chirping

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    In about 8 days, I have had two hens dying unexpectedly. They both were 3 and 1/2 years old and showed no symptoms of anything.
    Both were acting sleepy in the morning and were dead within about three hours. They both looked beautiful. No sign of parasites, tumor, buildup of fluid in the abdominal cavity. They looked perfect! If I really looked, it could have been said that they were experiencing a little heavy breathing. But, there was no discharge, no swollen face , no symptoms of any respiratory infection that I know of. Has anybody experience this? This is so scary.
     
  2. SurferchickinSB

    SurferchickinSB Crowing

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    No, but so sorry to hear that. Will you be sending them for a necropsy? Where I live there is virulent Newcastle‘s disease going around in surrounding area‘s, so that is what I have been fearful of.
     
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  3. danceswithronin

    danceswithronin Crowing

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    Definitely send in to a lab for necropsy since Newcastle is going around and the mortality rate on it is very quick and very high.
     
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  4. cleoandtheflock

    cleoandtheflock Songster

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    I agree you should send them to a lab for a necropsy if they looked completely fine
    Where I am they do it for free!
     
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  5. puffypoo

    puffypoo Crossing the Road

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    Get a necropsy and please tell us what the diagnosis is. It's always good to be safe.
    So sorry for your losses.
     
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  6. Molnut

    Molnut Chirping

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    Thank you for your responses. I am preparing her right now to send her to the lab for a necropsy.
     
  7. dogsandchickens

    dogsandchickens Chirping

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    I know this was a long time ago but what did the lab say if you can remember?
     
  8. Molnut

    Molnut Chirping

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    It was peritonitis. Thank you for asking.
     
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  9. puffypoo

    puffypoo Crossing the Road

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    Oh so sorry. Good to know it wasn’t contagious though, just pretty common in older production hens :hugs
     
  10. Molnut

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    Thanks. Yes, that was a relief!
    My hens are "heritage" breeds so I, naively, thought they would be more resilient. They did come from a commercial hatchery. I guess that counts more than the breed itself. Live and learn....
     

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