One hen died last week, no obvious symptoms but now another

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Gypsy-Rover, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. Gypsy-Rover

    Gypsy-Rover Hatching

    Feb 22, 2009
    Hi there, help from anywhere would be gratefully appreciated. I had a hen dead last week quite unexpectedly.. no sign of illness, no wheezing, no rasps but when I closed the coop up for the night, she was reluctant to move, I thought that she would not move because of darkness but when I lifted her to close the door, she cackled and hollered like normal but in the morning she was dead. I feed my hens only Nutrena hen food plus scratch grains and table scraps, with no meat proteins. They all have a blast scratching round free range when I come home at night and all day on the weekends. They are New Hampshire Reds and I also have Delawares. So far I have one sick New Hamp and one dead New Hamp. All the other hens and the single rooster have voracious appetites, nice firm droppings as well as I can tell and no signs of respiratory problems. I have taken the precaution of giving the hen 20cc of amoxicillan and put antibiotics in the water for the rest. Any ideas?

  2. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    Egg bound? No clue, how old are the hens? Has she been laying?

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