Sudden Death Brahma Rooster.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pgpoultry, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens piled out of the coop all looking healthy and fine.

    Big Gold Brahma rooster immediately sorts out one of the girls and starts to mate with her and.....DROPS DEAD.

    Seemingly perfectly healthy before, eating, drinking and crowing fine yesterday.

    Anyone got any suggestions as to why he died.

    I am gutted....he was a lovely bird.


    Sandie
     
  2. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WOW - that's how I want to go.


    Guess she was too much for him.
     
  3. HenPen

    HenPen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So Sorry for your loss....I lost my big Blue Cochin one morning he just dropped dead everyone I spoke to about it said it was probably a heart attack because he was a big boy....
     
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't know, but I would guess heart trouble. I'm so sorry.
     
  5. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you,

    I guess all organisms can have heart problems that we do not recognise.

    I am so glad that I let his favourite brahma girl who had just gone broody again have a clutch of eggs to sit,

    Thanks again,

    Sandie
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Sorry for your loss.
    Did he seizure in any way? I lost a dark brahma hen last spring and just before she died she had some seizure type activity. DH said it was a heart attack. Of course just like in humans there may be several different forms of heart attacks.
     
  7. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry to hear that you lost your rooster, too.

    Yes, my rooster did have a fit.

    He collapsed to the ground after mounting his favourite hen, convulsed for about 20 seconds and took a deep breath and died.

    Other folk have also said that these large birds are rather prone to heart attack and heart failure.....won't stop me keeping these lovely birds though.

    Sandie
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Definitely sounds like a heart attack. BTW, I lost a dark brahma hen, not my roo. My dark brahma roo, all 13 lbs. of him, is still running around making a jerk of himself. He's a goof, but I [​IMG] him.
    I do worry about the brahmas in this oppressive heat, but they seem to be doing just fine. [​IMG]
     

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