Sudden Chicken Death

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by WildestThing, Jan 27, 2017.

  1. WildestThing

    WildestThing Out Of The Brooder

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    About 8 months ago, we obtained 6 'mountain hens' from a friend. He had no idea how old they were, as they were roaming his property and he wanted to find them homes. Yesterday morning, one of the hens was standing on one leg by the coop and didn't run away when I went into the enclosure to feed. This was unusual, because they are afraid of us and won't come near us. I picked her up, (also unusual as we could never get close enough to touch any of them previously), and she didn't appear to have a broken leg or wing and didn't seem to be distressed. When I went back to check her in the afternoon, she was dead. We recently changed the feed from crumble to a mix of pellets and scratch. Could that have done it? We know this hen was no longer laying, so could it have been old age?
     
  2. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake


    Chickens are pretty robust when it comes to feed changes. So, I can't imagine that being a cause of death.

    From your description I woukd guess old age.
     
  3. WildestThing

    WildestThing Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks Alaskan! Wow, we are definitely on opposite ends of the weather scale [​IMG]
     

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