Perfectly healthy hen, found dead yesterday.....wth?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by E. Buzz Miller, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. E. Buzz Miller

    E. Buzz Miller Out Of The Brooder

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    My 1 1/2 yr old Black Star dropped dead yesterday. I came home from work & went straight the to the coop as usual & found 3 of the 4 hens I have, out in the run. I thought it was odd that my dominant hen ( and nicest ) wasn't around. I checked the coop & pulled back the lid to see if she was laying.
    There she was so I closed it but I noticed she didn't move. I looked again, reached in & touched her & she didn't move. I opened up the door & found her stretched out right where they lay. It looks like she died maybe while laying. I pulled her out & she was stiff but I was able to move her body around so I inspected for any wounds or anything, nothing.
    So I called a friend & he told me to it was probably egg bound. I wasn't about to really check her out to find out but does this sound about right?
    She was healthy as a horse the night before. I've been raising now for 3 years & this is the 1st time something like this has happened.

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  2. FVRM

    FVRM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Everyone on here usually does a necropsy on a dead bird. I think you should try it
     
  3. GD91

    GD91 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did she exhibit any signs of being eggbound, such as straining, her tail going up & down or squatting like she's about to lay.... or would you not have been able to check long enough with her being in the run?

    The weathers so bad lately I don't think many people stand & watch their hens really closely for too long. I watch mine out of the window, I have 2 cockerels & 4 hens that freerange around the garden.

    Sorry about your nicest hen [​IMG]
     
  4. E. Buzz Miller

    E. Buzz Miller Out Of The Brooder

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    After a long week at work & finding this, I really wasn't in the mood to really get down & dirty.
    Maybe after a few cocktails tonight I'll check her out.[​IMG]

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  5. E. Buzz Miller

    E. Buzz Miller Out Of The Brooder

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    She was perfect the night before. I don't check on them in the mornings so I never saw any illness or anything out of the ordinary.

    Yeah, she was the only one that let me pick her up & she was a decent bird for sure.

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