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sudden death

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cat, May 17, 2009.

  1. cat

    cat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2008
    Has anyone else had a chicken that appears to be perfectly fine go in to lay and die?

    I thought maybe my little brahma hen had gone broody when she sat in the nest all day but when I went in to put them to bed she had died.

    She seemed perfectly healthy and happy all morning. I am so angry with myself for not going and checking on her sooner, but she didn't have any symptoms of illness.

    Is there anything I should have been looking out for you think I may have missed?

    Also does anyone have any advice for what to do with her flock mate - she is a little silkie at the very bottom of the pecking order and her Brahma friend always protected her and they slept cuddled up together in the nest box. Should I buy another Silkie as company for her?
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Sorry you lost your chicken.

    And Yes this has happened to me a couple times. Just found dead-no symptoms beforehand at all.

  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Hi Cat, I'm sorry for your loss. I just lost a little dark brahma hen too. With my hen it was almost certainly a heart attack. I know she wasn't eggbound.
    In your case though I wonder if she was egg bound, thus the reason she was sitting on the nest all day, trying to pass it.
    Again, sorry. [​IMG]
    ETA: If you can get your little silkie another silkie friend I'll bet she'd appreciate it. Remember to quarantine unless you are buying a day old from a commercial hatchery.
    Last edited: May 17, 2009
  4. cherig22

    cherig22 Green Fields Farm

    Sep 2, 2008
    SW Missouri
    Sorry for your loss. But I did get a chuckle out of your title. On the main page it says "sudden death - by cat"

  5. cat

    cat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2008
    Quote:oops! [​IMG]

    thanks everyone for your comments, I am going to watch my little silkie and see how she copes without her friend and if she doesn't settle I will go get her a friend to hang out with.

    I find silkies are very gentle and easily intimidated by some of the other buff hooligans and marrans I have so I would probably get her a silkie friend.
  6. notapandabear13

    notapandabear13 Out Of The Brooder

    May 16, 2009
    or try getting another docile one at a young age and keep em togeather for a while then reintroduce em togeather.
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I had some 8 month old pullets in my flock that seemed fine. One day I went out in the morning and gave the birds some treats and everything seemed fine. I went out about an hour later and found one of the pullets dead next to the fence. I have an electric fence so it wasn't a predator. I think heart attack.

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