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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by crazy4eggz, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. crazy4eggz

    crazy4eggz Out Of The Brooder

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    We've been raising chickens for a little more than a year now. We have some hens that are a little over a year and some that were hatched this past April. I went on vacation for a week and the girls were laying fine, I get back and now out of 20 laying hens only 2-3 eggs a day. I can tell some of the ladies are molting, no worries right? So late last night I have the husband adding new roosts for the girls in the coop. I helped, the ladies and the rooster were fine. This morning I go out and find my girls favorite hen dead by the feeder. No marks, nothing that gives me a hint as to what happened! We live in Minnesota and the coop is insulated, it wasn't even down to freezing so I know that isn't the problem. They have plenty of food and water, with a huge enclosed run (no predators)
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    Sorry, sometimes chickens die for no apparent reason, it happens quite often, just as much as actual diseases, your other older girls will stop laying for a bit to molt and recover, laying taxes the body and can be depleting. Sorry again.
     
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  3. beginnergirl

    beginnergirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry you lost your girl's favorite hen. I once paid for a necropsy on a young dog. It was expensive but gave me answers and some peace of mind not to be second guessing the cause. I imagine no one does this for chickens because of the cost.
     
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  4. 45ishChickenMom

    45ishChickenMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry for your loss, crazy4eggz. I'm in Wisconsin, and our hens are 5 months old, but we are all very, very attached. I think it would be devastating to lose one, especially when there are no symptoms.
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  5. crazy4eggz

    crazy4eggz Out Of The Brooder

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    It was a very terrible moment, I hope I never have to relive again. I want to know what happened but how much was the necropsy
     
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    beginnergirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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