Roo died all of a sudden. wonder why?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by RlgNorth, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. RlgNorth

    RlgNorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2009
    North Pole, ALASKA

    About 6 months old
    no change in feed or water
    no signs that he was sick, just wouldn't come out of the coop yesterday morning
    but eventually did come out so thought he was being lazy.
    It is getting cold now but not enouph to hurt a chicken

    there was 3 hour period to where I saw him alive and found him dead.
    The hens were pecking at his head and his feathers and skin were missing but no Blood.
    I figured if they pecked him to death there would be blood so im thinking he died and then they started pecking. Least I hope that is what happened and not that my hens have become cannibal.

    They have HUGE run and 8x8 coop.

    He was my special Roo he was the smallest out of the mix bantum bunch I got in fact he was really tiny compared to the other bantums and was behind in developement even though they were same age, so maybe he just didn't have a good start from the beginning.

    this is a picture of him sitting next to a hen and a bantum pullet see how tiny he was

    any opinions would be great!!
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I'm so sorry for your loss. I've had one chicken, a dark brahma hen, die suddenly. Based on his years of experience with chickens my DH diagnosed a heart attack. She was alive and well one morning and when I went back to the chicken yard not 15 minutes later she was pretty much gone.

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