Sudden death of one year old white silkie

RobinGailWD

In the Brooder
May 18, 2019
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Hello,
I have/had 6 chickens in a backyard coop that is well cared for. We are in AZ and having heat advisories (over 100 degrees yesterday).
Anyway, my chickens are all just 1 year old and 2 were silkies.
Yesterday morning all 6 chickens were happily running around the back yard in the AM. I put them back in the coop (they had fresh water) and when I went in the late afternoon, one silkie was in the corner dead.
I'm worried because she is relatively young. Do I need to worry about disease or was it likely the 105 degree weather?
Typically I put out ice water for them to stand in and I forgot yesterday. :(
Thanks for any info.
 
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LaFleche

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Sorry you lost your silkie.

What does your coop look like, could you post a picture showing the ventilation etc.?
 

RobinGailWD

In the Brooder
May 18, 2019
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Sorry you lost your silkie.

What does your coop look like, could you post a picture showing the ventilation etc.?
Thanks. Attached is a picture of the whole coop (they have an attached square run) and the inside where they eat and sleep.
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LaFleche

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That looks nice and shady and very well ventilated.

When did you last deworm your chickens? And did you inspect her for poultry mites?
 

RobinGailWD

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May 18, 2019
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That looks nice and shady and very well ventilated.

When did you last deworm your chickens? And did you inspect her for poultry mites?
I have never dewormed them. I did check them for mites. It doesn't appear that they have any. They do have ants in their coop frequently.
 

LaFleche

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I suppose that living in AZ there might be some poisonous vermin i.e. spiders, scorpions or snakes around that might hide under the coop and come up occasionally...
 

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