Nice Black Cochin died/why?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by greathorse, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. greathorse

    greathorse Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Northern Colorado
    I went to the coop yesterday morning and found my young (26 week) black Cochin dead. I am certain there was not a predator as she had no marks and it had snowed and there were no tracks around the coop.

    When I checked her she seemed to be engorged at the vent, and her vent area was bloody, but not pecked at near as I can tell.

    I am not sure she had started laying as of yet as I have never seen her in the laying box.

    Is it possible for a young hen to prolapse on the first egg? I did no exploration beyond looking at her externally. All the other hens seem fine by the way. She seemed healthy right up until I lost her.

    Any ideas, I had kept her as I was hoping she might go broody for me in the spring and do some hatching for me. She was a nice young hen. Now I guess I am down to my one Orpington. I understand the likely hood of my RIR going broody is remote.

    Maybe I will look for a couple of silkies
  2. basicliving

    basicliving Keepin' the sunny side up

    Mar 20, 2008
    Shenandoah Valley, VA
    I'm so sorry you lost her. I have no idea why - but maybe someone will answer that has some idea.

    I lost a young hen recently too. It was heartbreaking. I'm really sorry. [​IMG]
  3. PeeperKeeper

    PeeperKeeper Songster

    So sorry for what happened. I wish I haad some answers. [​IMG]

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