mysterious chicken death

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by dftkarin, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. dftkarin

    dftkarin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    I have a small flock with 2 friendly snuggly barred rocks and this evening I only saw 5 of my girls in my little back yard and eventually I spotted the 6th girl in a heap under the porch - she didn't seem to be breathing, I just saw her a few hours ago panting but otherwise looking healthy (and its been much hotter around here in the past month). I gently goy her body out and she seemed intact, no obvious injuries, no blood, her eyes were closed and her feet were folded up in 'roosting pose' although she was on the ground. I hope she died peacefully. If she had been alive at all, I thought I might need to end her sufferring. She was only 2 years old and a wonderful sweet pet. I threw a hunk of watermelon off the deck to them earlier today and I watch to be sure I don't whack a chicken (and I saw it hit the ground a plit) but now I'm worried maybe somehow I hit her with the heavy watermelon and hurt her but she crawled under the deck to die? I hope not, but at least it would be a reason - and not knowing is scary too. How does one dispose of a dead pet chicken? I have a tiny yard and a big dog, so I double backed her soft sweet body in several brown paper grocery bags and am leaving her beside the trash can. I feel awful treating her body like that, but if I buried her I would need a big big hole and my dog might dig her up!! And it just seems creepy anyway.
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2010
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    So sorry for your loss. Can you bury her and then place some large rocks in a cairn or some pavers over her? I do that here to prevent any "re-visitations" by deceased pets. I also hate disposing of pets in the trash- too impersonal for an animal that has shared our life.
  3. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    I had the same thing happen today also. Found my 2 year old EE dead in the coop. She had blood pooled by her beak though. It has been oppressively hot here - the humidity is killer.

    I am going to do some more searching but I think she might have just had a heat stroke even though she has survived hotter weather than this in the past.

    I also wrapped her up and put her by the garbage [​IMG] It is against the law to bury animals here and I have the same problem with creatures potentially getting "found" again.

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