Sudden chicken death

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by palowlander, Sep 18, 2019.

  1. palowlander

    palowlander In the Brooder

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    Today at 9 am I went back to the cool to gather eggs. I found Walker my one barred rock hen who is about 6 months old dead on her side. No injury,not egg bound, abdomen was still warm but legs were stiff, eyes closed. :( She was one of my kids favorites not sure how I'll break the news to them and no idea what happened the other 23 hens are fine. No sign of disease either. There has been one hen laying monster sized eggs and there was one of those in the coop under another hen when I found her...can laying too big an egg kill a hen? What other causes can there be? Absolutely no sign of distress.
     
  2. ValerieJ

    ValerieJ Free Ranging

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    The only way to know what happened to her is to send her in for a necropsy.
     
  3. palowlander

    palowlander In the Brooder

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    I realize that, just wondering if anyone had any similar situations and if maybe they found the cause is all
     
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  4. palowlander

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    I just took this pic of her yesterday and she was fine:( She is the Barred Rock in front
     

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  5. slordaz

    slordaz hatchaholic

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    It's a shock for sure way she looked yesterday, Chickens are experts though at hiding things until it's to late though too.

    Do they Free range and possible she got into something poisonous or toxic to them?
     
  6. palowlander

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    They have a huge run,their feed,a flock block,scratch and oyster shell.. Nothing new to get into:(
     
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  7. Wyorp Rock

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    I'm sorry for your loss :hugs
    Unfortunately, there really is no way to know the cause unless you perform a necropsy yourself or send the body to your state lab for a diagnosis.
    Do you think you could do one yourself? If so, take some photos and we will try to help you with what you see.

    It would be pure speculation on my part - IF she was the one that was laying huge eggs, she may have had a rupture. What do you feed your pullets? Did she feel fatty in the abdomen? I have had 1 pullet die suddenly, upon exam (my own informal necropsy) I did find an egg in the oviduct, but she had bled out with a rupture, the abdomen was full of blood. It was quick because I had just been out in the coop about 15-20 beforehand and had come back to finish some chores.
     
  8. slordaz

    slordaz hatchaholic

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    no mold in the area or feed that is wet on the ground? yellow jackets or spiders?
     
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  9. palowlander

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    No...Im not going to be able to do one..Weak stomach. She was fine 2 hrs before when my daughter left them all out of the coop. We feed them a layer mash from our local feed store, it's what we have always feed our hens for years. She didn't feel overly fatty in abdomen...felt normal. I felt around at her duct area and felt no mass or egg bound.
     
  10. palowlander

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    No wet feed, everything is protected, no mold, and I saw no spiders or need any where when I examined the coop and run area.
     

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