Sudden Death

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mbicky, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. mbicky

    mbicky New Egg

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    mbicky

    Today at 10:44 am
    I have two hens in a coop and they're both one year old's. I live in the North East the temp here has been below zero degrees lately. (5 - 28)
    Both hens seemed to be quite healthy. This morning I found one hen dead upon the floor. The other hen had just laid an egg and was perfectly fine. Does anybody have an idea how she might have died? There's plenty of water and food, the temp in the coop is around 30 - 35.

    Thanks
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    HI there, [​IMG] and welcome to BYC!

    Without more info, it is hard to say what killed your hen. If she was weak from something, the cold may have kicked her over the edge. Internal or external bugs may have caused a decline in health. A bacterial or viral infection as well. Being egg bound or even a sudden heart attack can cause death on the perch. If you are really curious, you can put the freshly dead hen in a plastic bag and put her in the frig, (not freezer) and have your vet do a necropsy on her to find the cause of death.

    So sorry for your loss, but it is great to have you aboard BYC!
     
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2014
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. When apparently healthy chickens die quickly, I feel that it is generally a heart attack.
     
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us! I'm sorry for the loss of your hens. I would suspect a heart attack, or being egg bound.
     
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you. Sorry for the loss of your hen! Many things, including trouble laying eggs, heart attacks, and weakness can cause birds to die suddenly.
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    sorry about the loss of you hen.
     
  7. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] glad you joined us here [​IMG]



    I would have to say that I am sorry about your loss [​IMG]
     
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about your hen.
     
  9. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    I agree it could be several things - sometimes chickens just die without warning.
     

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