My Rooster dropped dead

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickenDDD, Feb 20, 2017.

  1. chickenDDD

    chickenDDD Just Hatched

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    So my vibrant Ron Burgundy was fine this morning when I gathered eggs and 8 hours later I come home from work and found him under one of the nesting levels, sort of tucked in a corner. His coloring was a darker purple color but no signs of trauma. This is our first flock raised from day olds with no issues other than some pasty butt when really young. There are no signs of sickness in the coop. Any ideas?
     
  2. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Dark purple color? Probably a cardiac event. Sudden death is not uncommon in chickens and can be from a variety of reasons, just like in people or any animal . If you can, get a necropsy done to know for sure. Sorry for your loss, and welcome to BYC.
     
  3. tedschickens

    tedschickens Just Hatched

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    we had the same thing happen to us almost a month ago. We were only inside for 4 hour and came out and he was on his back and had a blue comb :( i was in such shock I forgot about the free or very cheap necropsy you can get done. Im sorry for your loss. Its so sad when this happens and you have no answers. From what I've read and been told is it was probably a heart attach or stoke.
     
  4. chickenDDD

    chickenDDD Just Hatched

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    Wow I never thought of cardiac. I considered possible choking because he was so young, he hatched late July. Thank you so much for your response, and your warm welcome.[​IMG]
     
  5. chickenDDD

    chickenDDD Just Hatched

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  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Sorry for your loss. I've heard often of birds just suddenly dead and found on their backs. When I started on BYC people called it 'flip.' from either stroke or heart attack
     
  7. Eps32

    Eps32 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So sorry for your loss but it happens sometimes people die from a sudden heart attack and chickens can do the same could of been just genetics or a birth deficiency again sorry for your loss
     
  8. chickenDDD

    chickenDDD Just Hatched

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    Thank you everyone for your kind words. Just didn't realize how attached I had become. We fought like siblings lol[​IMG]
     
  9. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Silly OT question here...Why is it when a human dies it's called an autopsy but when it's an animal it's called a necropsy?

    P.s. I know "necro" means death or deceased
     
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  10. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I often wondered about that too, but I don't know the answer. I suppose just to distinguish from humans, but I think that's dumb, if that's the reason. Yes, we do get really attached to these creatures,they are every bit as quick to climb inside your heart as other animals.
     

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