Sudden Death

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Our sapphire gem died suddenly today. She was fine in the morning and laid a normal egg. Four hours later she was on the ground in the run, still warm with no injuries. It felt like she had small rocks in her crop.
I am going to contact our vet Monday to see about a necropsy. I’m wondering if anyone has any ideas on what happened? We have three other chickens, 2 EE and 1 gold laced Wyandotte. They seem fine but I am worried. They had been out free ranging in the yard. She may have eaten oak leaves, acorns, fern, gulf fritillary caterpillars, or sweet potato leaves in the compost.
 

Hei 20

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Our sapphire gem died suddenly today. She was fine in the morning and laid a normal egg. Four hours later she was on the ground in the run, still warm with no injuries. It felt like she had small rocks in her crop.
I am going to contact our vet Monday to see about a necropsy. I’m wondering if anyone has any ideas on what happened? We have three other chickens, 2 EE and 1 gold laced Wyandotte. They seem fine but I am worried. They had been out free ranging in the yard. She may have eaten oak leaves, acorns, fern, gulf fritillary caterpillars, or sweet potato leaves in the compost.
:hugs
I'm sorry for your loss
 

Kiki

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I am sorry for your loss.
Do you feed treats?
Fatty liver disease kills quick...with no signs.

Your state lab will be able to do a necropsy for you, probably cheaper than a vet. Or your vet will probably send it to the lab for you.

What state are you in?
 

Mamapio

In the Brooder
Nov 7, 2020
15
29
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Eastern North Carolina
Could she have eaten something? Make sure your food isn't moldy. do you have any poisonous snakes/bugs/spiders in your area? Necropsy is a great idea. Sorry for your loss!
It was a new bag of food, opened this week and it seems ok. The food outside did get rained on. I wonder if it could have molded in one day?
We do have poisonous snakes and spiders, but it has been cool so I haven’t seen them out.
 

Mamapio

In the Brooder
Nov 7, 2020
15
29
44
Eastern North Carolina
I am sorry for your loss.
Do you feed treats?
Fatty liver disease kills quick...with no signs.

Your state lab will be able to do a necropsy for you, probably cheaper than a vet. Or your vet will probably send it to the lab for you.

What state are you in?
I am in Eastern NC. The state labs seem to be far away. Is it posible to mail them body?
 

Weeg

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It was a new bag of food, opened this week and it seems ok. The food outside did get rained on. I wonder if it could have molded in one day?
We do have poisonous snakes and spiders, but it has been cool so I haven’t seen them out.
Check the food just incase to amen sure. You can inspect her for bites that could be the cause too.
 

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