Should I be worried?


In the Brooder
6 Years
Mar 10, 2013
I just found one of our seemingly healthy chickens dead. How worried should I be about the other girls? She was laying, running around the coop with the other girls yesterday. Is it something I should watch and make sure the others are ok but then again nothing seemed off with her.


Premium member
9 Years
Apr 3, 2011
southern Ohio
Sorry for your loss. Chickens can die of many different things, including heart, liver, and kidney problems. If you haven't already buried her, I would look her body over (or refrigerate her in a plastic bag until you can do it tomorrow.) Look at the crop for impaction, check her vent with a rubber glove for a stuck egg, look for lice and mite eggs, any soiling of her vent that would mean diarrhea, and if you are up to it , try doing a necropsy. If you can, send her refrigerated body off to your state vet for a necropsy. Here is a great link for necropsy and for info in finding your state vet:
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