Sudden death

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SwtGrc, Mar 17, 2018.

  1. SwtGrc

    SwtGrc Chirping

    Dec 2, 2017
    Northern California
    hi everyone,
    Being a first time chicken owner can really suck sometimes.
    I’m a veterinary technician so I’ve dealt with my fair share of death but I seriously can’t handle losing these ladies!!:hit
    This morning I went out to let the ladies free roam and found my Blue Andalusian dead in the dust bath. No wounds, no previous signs of decline or illness. What in the world could hav happened!?!
    There was a commotion in the coop a couple hours before. Some loud squawking but thought it was someone showing off that they laid.
    She didn’t have anything in her crop and couldn’t feel any “masses” in her abdomen that would suggest being bound.
    Only know I’m heartbroken. My favorite girl, Blu bird.

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  2. Quacking Pigeon

    Quacking Pigeon Crowing

    Mar 12, 2018
    NSW, Australia
    My Coop
    My chooks have respiratory infections which spread and kill them. Usually they would look perfectly fine then they just start gasping for air then die in a day or so. Your one doesn’t seem to look like it would have had that though.
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  3. coach723

    coach723 Crowing

    Feb 12, 2015
    North Florida
    Without a necropsy there is just no way to know for sure as there are so many things that can happen. That would be my recommendation otherwise it will just be throwing guesses at you. It is often well worth it for the information it provides for the rest of your flock, or just for peace of mind. I'm very sorry for your loss, I've been keeping chickens for many years and still grieve every time I lose one.
  4. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

    Jun 23, 2013
    The Big Island/Hawaii
    :hugs Sorry for your loss :hugs
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  5. micstrachan

    micstrachan Free Ranging

    So sorry about Blu bird. Sadly, sudden death in chickens can be caused by a number of different things. It's true you really can't say for sure without a necropsy.
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  6. SwtGrc

    SwtGrc Chirping

    Dec 2, 2017
    Northern California
    Yeah I’m aware a necropsy would provide the most information. I guess I’m also wanting to hear some causes of sudde death. I’m sure there’s many. But then I can educate myself on them for the future.
  7. SwtGrc

    SwtGrc Chirping

    Dec 2, 2017
    Northern California
    Sorry for the sad picture of my
    deceased girl. But we share it all on here right?!:hit
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  8. CT Coop

    CT Coop Chirping

    Feb 5, 2011
    I had a 10 mo old hen die suddenly a few years ago and sent for a you, I want to know why. She was a "special" girl, but had never laid an egg. As it turns out she had several tumors that had been growing and were pressing on her organs. Up until her death she seemed just fine. There is no way to know what happened to your "special" girl, but I'm sure she was a very happy hen in your care. I hope this helps a bit...we do get so attached:(
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  9. microchick

    microchick Crossing the Road

    I am so sorry for your loss.:hugs

    You ask some legitimate questions tho. I was going to suggest a congenital heart defect but the sad picture your published shows that she died on her side and not on her back as is common with heart induced death.

    Her crop being empty is curious. Evidently she hadn't eaten anything yet this morning. My birds launch from the coop in the morning roaringly hungry. Possibly she wasn't feeling well early on. Chickens you know are great at imitating perfect health right up to the time they drop dead.

    Possibly your boss vet would agree to do a necropsy for you.
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  10. KDMdesigns

    KDMdesigns Songster

    May 4, 2016
    Dallas TX
    Always hard to lose one suddenly with no signs of issues leading up. So sorry you lost your special girl!
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