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Chispylandia

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So this fella (male EE) was about a month old maybe 5 weeks... i let them (6 other female EE 3 silkies 1 sultan) all about the age be in their outside run during the day and bring them in at night. After bringing them all into their pen I started changing water and refilling food. Out of knowhere this fella started screaming and flapping the wings and no more than 3 seconds later he was gone.. its the 1st one I loose since I started this journey. I want to know if its something I can prevent and learn from or if it's one of those things that happen and is best if I don't break my brain trying to figure it out. Not sure if the photo helps (sorry for the image)
 

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EggSighted4Life

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So this fella (male EE) was about a month old maybe 5 weeks... i let them (6 other female EE 3 silkies 1 sultan) all about the age be in their outside run during the day and bring them in at night. After bringing them all into their pen I started changing water and refilling food. Out of knowhere this fella started screaming and flapping the wings and no more than 3 seconds later he was gone.. its the 1st one I loose since I started this journey. I want to know if its something I can prevent and learn from or if it's one of those things that happen and is best if I don't break my brain trying to figure it out. Not sure if the photo helps (sorry for the image)
I wonder if you have a poultry lab that can do a necropsy? I'm including the US state poultry lab list.. maybe one them (like FL) can direct you further?
https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/nahln/downloads/all_nahln_lab_list.pdf

Meanwhile, are you able to refrigerate the body inside a plastic bag?

Very sorry for your loss! :(

Many unexplained deaths will be blamed on heart attack. If you are unable to get a professional necropsy.. and you wish to consider looking at the organs, etc yourself.. there are a few folks on here who may be able to tell if they see something out of the ordinary.. take photos and document everything. One thread I found that might be of interest, learning wise..
https://www.backyardchickens.com/th...agnosis-graphic-photos.1249959/#post-20053365

Other necropsy teaching videos, be advised graphic content follows...


https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzf8tGKj10zzE5jXlhAxw5Z7UaPJV6aIB

Hope the rest continue to thrive! :fl

ETA: sorry I didn't realize the link would show up as videos, trying to edit to be just links..
 

Chispylandia

Chirping
Jul 9, 2020
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Puerto Rico
I wonder if you have a poultry lab that can do a necropsy? I'm including the US state poultry lab list.. maybe one them (like FL) can direct you further?
https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/nahln/downloads/all_nahln_lab_list.pdf

Meanwhile, are you able to refrigerate the body inside a plastic bag?

Very sorry for your loss! :(

Many unexplained deaths will be blamed on heart attack. If you are unable to get a professional necropsy.. and you wish to consider looking at the organs, etc yourself.. there are a few folks on here who may be able to tell if they see something out of the ordinary.. take photos and document everything. One thread I found that might be of interest, learning wise..
https://www.backyardchickens.com/th...agnosis-graphic-photos.1249959/#post-20053365

Other necropsy teaching videos, be advised graphic content follows...


https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzf8tGKj10zzE5jXlhAxw5Z7UaPJV6aIB

Hope the rest continue to thrive! :fl

ETA: sorry I didn't realize the link would show up as videos, trying to edit to be just links..
Thanks!!!! I'll definitely take some time to watch the videos. So far the rest of the flock is doing great 🤞🤞🤞
 

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