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strange symptoms

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Double Dutch, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. Double Dutch

    Double Dutch Hatching

    Apr 11, 2012
    Five days ago, my two year old chicken displayed seizure like symptoms: she fell on her side and seemed to be gasping for air. Minutes later, she got up and acted like nothing was wrong. She was eating and drinking for five days with no other obvious symptoms. This morning, I found her dead. Could this be a heart attack? The only other strange thing that may be linked to this is that all of my chickens stopped laying daily. I get one egg a day from five chickens. I just assumped they were molting AGAIN for the second time this year. I thought the Arizona warmth contributed to the second molting. Perhaps the decreased egg production is not due to molting but to what ever caused the death. Any ideas?

  2. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Crowing

    Jan 12, 2012
    The seizure sounds like a Marek's symbol but I don't think it's that. I think it could have been a heart attack. Make sure the hens have lots of shade, and water available. I've never dealt with a heart attack in chickens before, so hopefully someone who has had an experience can help you.

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