Sudden death of a chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bugsy, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. bugsy

    bugsy Hatching

    Mar 14, 2008
    Our family saved an Australorp from being ran over in an industrial core in October. We are from the City but decided to take this chicken home and keep and raise her as our pet. She was a young chicken. After ALOT of research we made her a coop and fed her cracked corn, "golden harvest" a brand of chicken feed. Occassionally some fruits and veggies. She started laying eggs two months ago, the eggs were perfect, and she laid an egg a day. Yesterday morning we checked on her and she was laying on her nest alive and doing well. We changed her water and made sure her food was topped up. Upon returning home from work 8 hours later we found her on her back dead. We are very devistated to find her dead without warning. She seem so happy and healthy. Can anyone help us understand why this happend???? Please
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Sometimes birds do just up and die like that, especially within their first few months of laying.

    Were you only feeding that brand of cracked corn, or cracked corn with layer mash?
  3. Chickaroo!

    Chickaroo! Songster

    Dec 27, 2007
    I'm sorry I cannot be of any help. I do know how frustrating it can be to lose a chicken and not know why it happened. Actually, the same thing happened to me on Tues. Chicken doing fine at 7am, then at 1pm I found her on her side, dead.
    Hope someone can help [​IMG]
  4. bugsy

    bugsy Hatching

    Mar 14, 2008
    we fed her layer mesh also. We made sure her coop had clean dry pine shavings, her nest was of chemical free hay. We also ensured she was free from drafts and also ensured she had oyster shell and grit during this winter month.
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Sounds like you did all you can do. It just happens. However, you can contact your local agricultural university and ask them if they will do an autopsy since it is a recent death. That will tell you for sure.
  6. pepperluvsmee

    pepperluvsmee Songster

    Feb 2, 2008
    Seven Valleys, Pa
    So sorry for your loss. Birds are very good at covering up any illness until the end. You did the very best for her and took very good care of her. So sorry. [​IMG]
  7. bugsy

    bugsy Hatching

    Mar 14, 2008
    I like to thank you all for replying. I know it happends but just trying to understand why. She brought so much joy to our family for the short time we had her. I would like to get another chicken but I can't deal with the heart ache of loosing one like this.
  8. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Songster

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    [​IMG] It's hard to lose something you love. I honestly think you should think about getting another chicken...better yet get two so they can keep eachother company. Many hens live a long time and you will be amazed at how quickly you bond with them. I'm sorry about your loss...that's sad.
  9. Wynette

    Wynette Crowing

    Sep 25, 2007
    I'm so sorry to hear about your loss; it sure does break your heart when you lose a critter that you love so much. But, they bring so much to your life, I sure would hate to hear you decided to never get another one. Two would be nice, like Redfeathers said, for company for each other when you're not around. Hugs!
  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Yeah, I say get two more! Sounds like they would have a great home. I would say my rate of layers dying near point of lay is less than 1%. Go for it!

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