Sudden death!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Sarree, Jun 1, 2008.

  1. Sarree

    Sarree Out Of The Brooder

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    My half cornish and white rock rooster suddenly died last night. He had no symptoms and seemed perfectly healthy. what could it have been? Do I need to worry about all my other chickens?

    Please advise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Sarree
     
  2. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    It's hard to say unless you have a necropsy done. I have had chickens drop dead for what seemed like no reason, but a necrospy showed a birth defect (like heart attack, etc).
    I'm sorry about your loss. [​IMG] For now, I would just keep an eye on everyone else, and really think back and see if you can remember any strange behavior in your rooster.
     
  3. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    that type of breed is prone to pulmonary insufficiency... it is called "flip-over" commonly and probably was a heart attack. [​IMG]
     
  4. Sarree

    Sarree Out Of The Brooder

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    Could it have been Mereks disease? I read that sometimes has no symptoms, if so should I be treating my other chicks?

    Sarree
     
  5. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    There's nothing you can do for Mareks...It's a virus. You can make them comfortable, but not much more...

    Cornish/rock crosses grow so fast that their organs just give up on em...
    I'm sorry you lost him.
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    C ornish x Rock is a meat bird. Simple stresses can cause them to die without warning. They are not genetically made to live long lives. Meat birds are usually processed at 8 - 10 weeks. Commerical breeds of the same type are usually processed for the grocery store at 5 - 6 weeks. The chickens you see in the grocery stores aren't even 2 months old for the most part. I would have to say your rooster died of a common heart attack brought on by the stress of simply living.
     
  7. Sarree

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    Thanks everyone, I'm just glad he didn't have to suffer.

    Sarree
     

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