sex linked deaths

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by shavore, Mar 29, 2017.

  1. shavore

    shavore New Egg

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    I have about 30 birds about a year old. In the past week I have been losing several birds a week. All birds look healthy and die suddenly. All have a fully formed egg visible in their oviduct. I have no idea what is going on and any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. chickens r life

    chickens r life Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What does there poop look like? Foamy ? Yellow?
     
  3. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC!

    I would contact your local necropsy lab and ask for a procedure on one of the dead hens.Its hard to diagnosis a death without any pre occurring symptoms.Have you had any disease's in your flock before?Do you offer oyster shells?
     
  4. shavore

    shavore New Egg

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    No nothing abnormal. I spent quite a bit of time today with the birds and all looked fine. There was no abnormal poop visible.
     
  5. shavore

    shavore New Egg

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    This is only affecting the sex linked birds. My barred rocks and wellsummers are fine.
     
  6. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Hi [​IMG] Welcome To BYC

    What type of food/treats do you feed?
    How old are they?
    Any photos?

    You are seeing a fully formed egg in the oviduct - is it partially sticking out when the hen dies?

    Since you are losing several birds a week - as @MasterOfClucker suggests, having a necropsy would be in order.

    Watch to see that they are drinking well, add some poultry vitamins to their water and provide a source of calcium free choice (oyster shell).
     
  7. shavore

    shavore New Egg

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    The birds have access to Oyster shells and the only occasional treats they get are sunflower seeds. I contacted our state vet last night for advice and hope to hear from him this morning. I agree that a necroscopy is in order.i appreciate the feedback! This is the first time I have posted to the forum.I think it's great. Will try to post a photo today.
     
  8. shavore

    shavore New Egg

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    An update on dying sex linked birds. Lost another tonight... have had a necroscopy done but the results indicated that the birds were healthy
    The only comment was that predation might be an issue. The coop is very secure and the deaths occur late in the afternoon. The birds today had just laid an egg and died in the nest box. Looking into the vent several partially formed eggs were visible. Still looking for any explanation that makes sense.
     
  9. chickens r life

    chickens r life Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's very strange. I'm sorry I can't offer any advice. The only thing I'd say is keep a close eye on them which I'm sure you are already doing.
     
  10. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I'm sorry for your loss.

    Did you happen to take any photos?

    You looked in the vent and saw several partially formed eggs - were these in the abdominal cavity or the oviduct?

    Did it look like either of these:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...oring-i-opened-her-to-find-this#post_17145142
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1154532/egg-yolk-peritonitis#post_18103856
     

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