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Rocky the Roo- Cause of death? Flailed around in strange positions

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by OneCrazyCowgirl, Aug 6, 2013.

  1. My poor lovely rooster, Rocky died this previous saturday. The chickens were out of food so I went to go get some. When I came back, I put food in the container and placed it in the coop. The chickens happily ran towards it and began feasting. Rocky, who was perfectly healthy, started eating. I watched them and suddenly he jumps and began twisted and flailing his body around until he collapsed. I kept yelling at him to get up and held back tears but as he stiffed and straightened and turned purple, I knew he was gone. Not sure of the cause of death....could he have choked?
  2. When I read your post it sounded to me like your rooster may have had a heart attack. I am not a vet or blah blah blah. Your description to me sounded like a heart attack. I have seen many things sticking out of a chickens mouth, like frogs and hay and the like. They always seem to manage to get it down. Never seen or heard of your experience either.

    Sorry about your rooster.
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    I agree with Chick Charm--it sounds like he had a heart attack.

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