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One of my chickens just died and I don't know why

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by newbie chicken mommy, May 13, 2010.

  1. newbie chicken mommy

    newbie chicken mommy Hatching

    May 13, 2010
    We just purchased 6 chickens all of different breeds on May 2nd at 3 months of age. I went out this morning and saw my silver laced wyandotte, laying by herself under a tree in the outside part of thier coop. She looked sad and I made a mental note to go out after I had gotten my kids down for thier nap, to look at her a little closer. I returned to find her dead in the same spot where I had seen her this morning. Thinking back now, last night I thought it a little unusual that she was perched by herself. They usually huddle up together. This is really the only thing that I have noticed though. She just seemed sad and was a bit of a loner. I had to have found her right after she had passed since she was not stiff at all. I gave her a once over, as much as know to. Her vent looked totally normal, no lumps to be found, throat felt good, feathers were not fluffed up, eyes looked normal.

    I have removed and burried her, but am now scared that I will loose the rest of my flock. I am brand new at this so I'm feeling a little uneducated. I did a little research and the only thing that seems to stand out is Marek's Disease. Where do I go from here? Is this something that I did? Or did she bring something with her from the farm she came from? I'm truly open to any suggestions. Thanks so much!

  2. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    Jan 1, 2008
    I am so sorry for your loss. [​IMG] Try giving your other chickens some probiotics and vitamins and electrolytes to help boost their immune systems.
  3. marymac

    marymac Songster

    Jul 12, 2008
    Northeast Ohio
    I had the same thing happen about 5 wk ago. Seems for no reason as my hen looked ok the day before. My hen was 1 yr old though. So far no one else seems to be sick or any thing. Sorry for your loss, and I know it's a worry about the others.
  4. newbie chicken mommy

    newbie chicken mommy Hatching

    May 13, 2010
    Is this expensive and can I get these things at a local feed store or do I have to have them shipped?

  5. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Probiotics is just yogurt ... plain unflavored yogurt. About 1/2 tsp or so per chicken is good. I just mix some yogurt in a bowl of their feed, stir it together and feed it that way. They love it. Vitamins can be obtained at the feed store usually, and mixes in the water.

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