Sudden chicken death!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by AmyW, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. AmyW

    AmyW New Egg

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    One of my four hens just suddenly died within the past couple of days. I thought they were all find yesterday but did not check on them this morning. Hubby found the dead one behind the coop this morning. By the time I got home from work to dispose of her, she was already stinking and covered in bugs, so I can't tell if she was injured or what. (Sorry to be graphic, but I live in AZ and it is the hottest day of the year so far.) I am not sure, due to the heat, how long she has been dead... I suppose it could just be that it's so hot today, she started decomposing quickly. It's possible she died yesterday... I just can't tell.

    My question is whether I need to be concerned about diseases. The others look fine. Other than noticing I haven't been getting many brown eggs lately, I had not noticed any problems. (I have 2 who lay brown eggs - the dead chicken laid brown eggs.)

    What do I need to look for in the other chickens? Is there anything I should test them for? I have only had chickens for about a year and haven't had any problems other than that they seem to like to pluck each others' feathers out (improved when I started giving them more protein). I'm not sure what breed I have.
     
  2. Yknot

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    Sorry about your hen. I don't think there are any tests to give them, I would just watch them closely for a while and act if any developed any sick symptoms. Have you checked them for parasites?
     
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  3. AmyW

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    Thanks, Yknot. I don't know how to test them for parasites. How do I do that?
     
  4. AmyW

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    Oh, and after I looked up a few chicken breeds, I suspect that the dead chicken was a New Hampshire Red. I still have one living one that is the same, and the other two are white - probably Leghorns?
     
  5. Yknot

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    Look around the vent for lice, mites and nits.
     
  6. AmyW

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    Thanks, YKnot - I'll check 'em!
     

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