sudden dead hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by junglecoop, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. junglecoop

    junglecoop New Egg

    Aug 3, 2011
    Young hen, not yet laying was dead this morning. No symptoms or any thing wrong the day before. She didn't roost in the normal place but low to ground, 6 inches. We put them in a small mesh dog crate at night to keep them safe, and let them out in morning but not as early as they would like. She seemed subdued and docile but it didn't seem a cause for alarm. They usually are a bit resistant to be put away. There are 3 left and they seem fine. Any suggestion??? I give them weeds from the yard, also mangoes and some avocados. Should I open her up and look for anything? Should she be cooked and eaten by the dogs? Thanks for your help!!!
  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 31, 2008
    West Michigan
    My Coop
    Sorry. That does sound mysterious. I have read on the forum that some states offer a free necropsy.
  3. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    sorry for the sudden death of your hen. sometimes we dont know why these things happen. i had a hen during the summer.. was laying great.. etc.etc. next day, found her dead in the coop. no clues. no reasons. sorry. [​IMG]
    could have been a heartake?
  4. Lesler5

    Lesler5 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 22, 2011
    Sorry for your loss. I had a similar incident here. Returned home yesterday to find one of my 4 month old hens (might have been rooster) dead. No signs of any struggle or fighting, just dead. I am worried about my others too because the one that died had seemed like such a healthy, outgoing bird. So sad
  5. TexasToucan

    TexasToucan Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 16, 2010

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