- Apr 24, 2009
Our wonderful easter egger, Rosie, died today and we can't figure out why. Rosie was just under a year old. She came out of the hen house this morning as normal. Nothing unusual was noted about her behavior. About an hour ago, I found her lying on her side, still warm, but gone. No blood, no broken skin, no bruising, nothing in mouth, nothing at all odd. She looked as pretty as she always was. She and her roo and another little banty hen are always free ranging during the day. The rooster and banty are fine, but now I am worried about them. Any ideas why she died? Do chickens get cancer? I am thinking about doing a necropsy (I'm a retired Vet Tech) but need to wait until my daughter sees her and says goodbye. Rosie was more than just an egg producer for our family, she was also a beloved pet. Thanks for any ideas.