Rooster dies randomly, what's wrong?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by OrpieOwner, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. OrpieOwner

    OrpieOwner Out Of The Brooder

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    I went out to let my chickens out so that they could play in their run. When I got there, I opened up the door and found my lavender Orpington rooster dead against the door. There were no signs of injury and he was perfectly normal the day before! What happened! Any ideas on how he died?[​IMG]
    Best picture I could find from yesterday.
     
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    It's hard to know. When you find one dead it could be many different things. How old was he?
     
  3. OrpieOwner

    OrpieOwner Out Of The Brooder

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    He was almost 29 weeks old, or 7 months 1 week.
     
  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    When it's one chicken, it's much harder to tell. He may have had a heart attack, but he's so young. Could he have eaten something bad the day before?
     
  5. OrpieOwner

    OrpieOwner Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't believe so. He didn't leave the coop all day because i had no time to let them free range. We had all of the normal food in the coop, nothing strange. Yesterday my rabbit died randomly too, which I find weird seeing how it was a day apart and they both were to young to die.
     
  6. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Have you or a neighbor laid poison for vermin? And they died in your yard or pen, and got eaten?
     
  7. OrpieOwner

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    There was no chemical in the yard, and he died right inside the coop. There were no scratch or bite marks, no blood, no sign of injury at all.
     
  8. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    I'm thinking a cardiac issue took your bird's life. Could be genetics or simply a random event. Sorry for your loss.
     
  9. OrpieOwner

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    Thanks theoldchick. That is what I was thinking too.
     

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