mysterious chicken death (9 month old buff orpington): ideas?

Jan 6, 2019
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Dear BYC folks:

Went out tonight to do the chores and found one of my Buffs dead on the floor of the coop. I examined her body; no visible signs of injury. Looked down her throat, couldn't see anything. One thing that seemed maybe slightly off was her cloacal area, which I have included a picture of here. Does anyone have any ideas as to what might have caused this? I haven't had much time to observe them in the past few days, and so don't know if she was exhibiting any behavioral symptoms. I am mainly curious just because I want to make sure it's not something that might kill the other birds. She's in a backyard coop with decent ventilation with seven other chickens. Lots of snow (and ice) on the ground here. Recently installed an autodoor. Thanks in advance for any help....

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Dear BYC folks:

Went out tonight to do the chores and found one of my Buffs dead on the floor of the coop. I examined her body; no visible signs of injury. Looked down her throat, couldn't see anything. One thing that seemed maybe slightly off was her cloacal area, which I have included a picture of here. Does anyone have any ideas as to what might have caused this? I haven't had much time to observe them in the past few days, and so don't know if she was exhibiting any behavioral symptoms. I am mainly curious just because I want to make sure it's not something that might kill the other birds. She's in a backyard coop with decent ventilation with seven other chickens. Lots of snow (and ice) on the ground here. Recently installed an autodoor. Thanks in advance for any help....

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Sorry for your loss. Poor girl.
Did you examine her internally for a stuck egg?
 

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