In the Brooder
- Mar 1, 2010
This is our third year with chickens. In a new coop this year we raised Silver Wyandottes, Buff Orpingtons, and Austrolorps (all hens). All are doing fine except two of the Wyandottes have just dropped dead in the last two weeks. There was no evidence of sour crop (had that in our other coop and lost two Araucana until we figured out they were eating straw), but they acted sick and vet couldn't save them. These Wyandottes were active the morning of their deaths - out of the coop with all the others and going after scratch. There is no evidence of blood or damage from the other chickens. We have one Wyandotte left and she is in an isolated part of the coop because her leg has been bent backwards completely since two days old (did lots of things to correct this but of no use). Obviously we're worried that this is not a strain specific problem. We've read that Wyandottes are "hardy". Egg laying has been good. The crippled Wyandotte remaining lays every other day. All the hens seem healthy, but obviously we're still on the learning curve, having only raised chickens for three years. Right now the bird I just found is buried in the snow until light so I can dig a proper grave. Any ideas of what to look for? Anything I should know about this strain? Really sad and at a loss as to what to do.