One of my hens died

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by daniel-delarosa, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. daniel-delarosa

    daniel-delarosa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 14, 2010
    Seminole, Oklahoma
    Noticed yesterday that one one my hens had a bloody featherless patch on her chest. She, along with all of the other chickens, was pecking at it. I put her inside a cage and put it in the coop to isolate her till it healed. Went out this morning to check on her and found her dead. Her head was sticking out of the cage I had her in and her neck was picked bare. There is no evidence of anything getting inside my coop to begin with. Any ideas? Will chickens kill each other?
  2. Alabama ee

    Alabama ee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2010
    Sorry for your loss. Sometimes they will. Usually it is because one is ill or is different. I had mine all attack one because she went broody.
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2011
  3. sfw2

    sfw2 Global Menace

    Sadly, once a chicken has an obvious wound, other birds WILL pick at it, often causing serious damage. It's possible that your chicken was sick and died, and THEN the neck picking commenced.

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