Need some help

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chix man, Dec 8, 2016.

  1. chix man

    chix man Just Hatched

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    So this afternoon when I came home from work, I went to my coop to grab the eggs and I was horrified to find my one rooster was dead. There was no blood around him or anything. Can someone help me with reasons as to why he may have passed?
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    First, I'm sorry for your loss. [​IMG]

    It is not uncommon (though certainly unwanted) for chickens to die unexpectedly. They may suffer a heart attack, have an internal problem that eventually kills them, choke on something, etc. I would observe your other chickens closely for the next few days for any signs of illness, but your rooster's death was probably a single occurrence unrelated to a contagious disease.
     
  3. chix man

    chix man Just Hatched

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    That's what I figured. A Heart attack. that's just horrible
     
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    If he was on his Back when found.....Heart attack........


    Sorry he passed........


    Cheers!
     
  5. mobius

    mobius Chillin' With My Peeps

    So sorry your welcome to BYC comes with the loss of your roo!

    If you are further concerned, about him or your flock, it is possible to have an avian autopsy performed, I have read...

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  6. chix man

    chix man Just Hatched

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    So today when I came home from work one of my hens was making a sound. At first I thought she was about to lay an egg but the sound continues into tonight. So when I looked in on her, her back seems to be missing all her hair. Like it looks raw. So I put some veterycin on it. Any ideas why her back is like that?
     
  7. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    I would look for a predator. Or I'd be assessing your coop and run to see if there are any feather picking issues, any aggression issues. How big is your coop/run, how many birds, age of birds, any roos? What do you have them on for feed? What do you have for windows/ventilation in the coop, and what are they covered with? When did you last see her "fully clothed" and how was she looking/acting then???
     
  8. mobius

    mobius Chillin' With My Peeps

    chix man you may want to post this last question to the Emergencies/Diseases portion of the forum to get some help. Good luck!
     
  9. chix man

    chix man Just Hatched

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    The coop can hold up to 15 chickens. And there are 9 in there. And a duck. I have 1 roo. The coop is well ventilated. It is a custom grade built coop. The hen that is missing her hair is about 2 years old and the rest are between ages of 6-8 months up to 2 years old.
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    What does this mean in feet by feet?
    Is that the manufacturers population estimate?
    If so, cut it by 50-75%.
    Did you have 2 'roos' before the one was found dead?
    Chickens don't have hair...they have feathers.
    Did this happen suddenly, in one day?
    I agree predator or pecking.
     
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2016

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