MYSTERY DEATH

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TitiBebbs, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. TitiBebbs

    TitiBebbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A couple days ago, I went out in the AM to check the "kids" and found Brownie my largest male Americana (EE) dead on the ground. We took him into the shed for light as it was before sunup and chacked him out. There was NO sign of anything except deadness.

    We are quite primitive here with the setup as my Dad, who is only up here 2 weeks a month, got chickens with little prep. We had a small (4' x4') coop that as they grew we updated (added roosts and laying boxes) to accomodate. But then we discovered that MOST of the chicks we'd gotten straight run(never do that again) are male and became aggresive. I moved the girls (3 of them) and the Americanas, who at that point were still "genderless" to a new area for safety. This has not proven perfect but, better for their well-being.

    Of course, the coop is too heavy to move and I'm a single mom to a 10 y/o who works teaching ALL DAY and night. We haven't built a new coop but instead put 2 dog pens in and covered them with a tarp. This is Okay, so far - the girls are even laying in them and I've gotten 2 blue eggs and several brown. I feel Okey with this set up. For a roost, I took an old ladder and affixed a pan from a dog kennel upside down. I also hung their feeder from this. It keeps the food dry and would keep them dry if they'd use it. Instead, they roost on the fence, the top of the kennels, and the top of the ladder, on the pan. It had rained that night and I think that Brownie being so big, slipped off the pan and fell breaking his neck. I know that they are less active at night and figure he just couldn't catch himself when he slipped.

    Could this be the case or can anyone give me other possibilities. ALL of the others are fine, noone seems ill or injured, as in from a fight. HELP!
     
  2. Jimagination

    Jimagination Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I may ask, where did you get him? We had the same kind of thing happen with one of our EE pullets I got from MM and everyone else has been fine. When we found her it was as if she was standing there, fell over and died.
     
  3. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    Sorry for your loss. Sometimes they just fall over for no apparent reason.
     
  4. TitiBebbs

    TitiBebbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:We got him from the local feed store (No. FL) in April. I've been thinking about it more and he was always on the top of the food cover. It is only the pan from a dog kennel flipped and held down with wire. It is rather flimsy. Plus it was raining that night. Everyone else is doing well and I'm even getting a green egg about every day to every other day.
     
  5. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Sudden death can be caused by Mareks or Luekosis as well as several other things as shown on this site:
    http://www.msstate.edu/dept/poultry/diagext.htm

    In the future if you can look up your state's vet and try to find where necropsies are done free. Try the state university or their Cooperative Extension or the state Farm and/or Agriculture dept. This site for the state of WA has an interactive link to the state vets in other states, so you could start your search here:
    http://agr.wa.gov/FoodAnimal/AnimalHealth/StateVets.htm

    chel
     
  6. Jimagination

    Jimagination Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I know mine were vaccinated for mareks and cocci. But I will have to check out all these other things.
     

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