sick chicken

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bkyrdchckn, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. bkyrdchckn

    bkyrdchckn New Egg

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    The other morning I went out to feed my chickens, and i noticed that one was still in the coop. I went in and found one of our gold sex-links sitting in a very rigid straight up position, she was almost sitting like a dog or cat. Her comb was very purple and was floppy. I removed her from the coop and brought her into the house in front of a heater, (we live in Colorado, and its winter so it is very cold, so I thought maybe she would get better if she was warm). She seemed to be suffering, she couldn't hold her head up, it was laying very limply next to her. She looked dead. She was there for a few hours at least, and pooped, (very runny, green) and she was not moving at all. I researched everything about her condition, but no results came up. We finally just put her out of her misery, it was clear she would not improve at all. All the other chickens are fine, none of the other ones are showing any symptoms of illness. Has anybody ever seen anything similar to this, we are new chicken owners so we are still learning, or known anyone this has happened to? I want to have a healthy flock, and hopefully prevent this from happening again! Thanks!!
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    you may want to post in the "emergencies, diseases,injuries, cures thread," and ask if she might have had a heart attack or stroke. Give as much information as you can, age, symptoms, time period before you first noticed and her passing? If this is just something that happened to her (heart attack etc.) you wouldn't have to worry so much about your others. If others think it was disease or poison or ??? you might need medical assistance to keep the flock healthy.
     
  3. bkyrdchckn

    bkyrdchckn New Egg

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    Yeah I did another one in the other thread thank you :) We are unsure of her age, she came from another lady as an adult hen, not much information. I had only noticed it that morning, she was fine the night before.
     
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello and Welcome to BYC! Sorry about your girl, hope everybody else is OK.
     
  5. bkyrdchckn

    bkyrdchckn New Egg

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    Thank you! I hope it wasn't something contagious, but i removed her pretty quickly after finding her. I love my chickens and I hope this doesnt happen to any of the others!
     
  6. ducklingsweety

    ducklingsweety Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i'm sorry! just try to watch your other birds for illness! and[​IMG]
     
  7. chickie farmer

    chickie farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    could mice or rats have got into the feed and possibly left droppings. I know that will make them sick but don't know if that would be a cause or maybe eating fertilizer, or possibly rat (mice) poison. Just a thought. And as ducklingsweety said, x2.
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Sometimes, sadly enough, they just die. Hopefully it is nothing contagious - good luck.
     
  9. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! Sorry for your loss.
     

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