Sudden Death

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jazzpurr, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. jazzpurr

    jazzpurr Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 2, 2007
    I have just lost my first adult Orpington.
    They are 7 months old.
    There were 13 of them.
    They are all laying eggs.

    I cleaned the coop this afternoon. Out with the
    old pine shavings and in with the new. I dusted down the walls
    and Shop-vac ed everything.
    Fresh water and food.

    I just saw her in there dead. It looked like her neck was broken
    but I couldn't really tell. She was still warm.
    They have their little spats but
    it seems hard to believe they could break each others necks.

    Can they fall and break their neck? The roost is about
    4 Ft. of the ground.

    Has this happened to any of you, this sudden death?

    Thanks In Advance
  2. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes - I have one that was almost 6 weeks and I think she hit her head in the brooder and died. She was a really nice big pullet. One of my best Delawares.

    The other was a young turkey that didn't die suddenly, but he also had a neck injury of some type and we ended up euthanizing him.

    I do think they can injure themselves jumping and die suddenly.

    ETA, I am very sorry you lost your pullet.
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2008
  3. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    So sorry about your hen.

    A roost that height could cause issues for older hens, who are heavier. She could have just had a bad accidental landing; I have heard of cases like that. Is the landing surface soft? If it isn't, you might have trouble with bumblefoot or other foot cuts/bruises from hard landings from a 4' perch.
  4. trishok8

    trishok8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2008
    I'm sorry, that must have been so shocking to find her.
  5. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    We had a pullet die unexpectedly when she was about 9 months old. I came home from work and just found her in the run, all laid out, but with no blood, pecking marks, or indications of sickness.

    Sometimes it just happens. Probably an internal issue that will never be figured out.
  6. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    sometimes, chickens just die

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