Sudden deaths?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by crispyminstral, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. crispyminstral

    crispyminstral New Egg

    Jul 21, 2011

    Over the past two months I have lost a few chickens. It is all a bit intermittent and although the symptoms seem similar it is sometimes up to 3 weeks before I lose another bird.

    They have mostly all looked a little 'off' - squinty eyes, faces pale off slightly, look lethargic and hold their tails down - then within 2-4 days have just died. There have been no prior symptoms or signs like sneezing, runny poos, messy bottoms etc and where they have laid dead, there is no blood from either end.

    They are kept free range in a large run as we have a resident fox nearby, have free access to clean water and a 50/50 mix of layers pellets and mixed corn, with oyster grit in piles around the run. They all sleep indoors which is cleaned out twice weekly with sawdust on the floor and two separate nest boxes with straw in which they don't sleep in.

    The thing that bothers me most is that I had two 18 weeks old red pekin cockerels in the run with 5 other hens - three more pekins and 2 aracauna x silkies - who were both running around and eating yesterday and practising their crowing, they literally looked like a picture of health. Then overnight one had died in their house, again no mess near his body although there was a little bit of blood in a different area which could have come from a different chicken.

    This has broken the pattern of looking a little off then dying, so we have taken his body straight to the vets for a post mortem as well as the blood we found in the house for analysis. This is so disheartening as I have bred and raised all these hens and they are lovely and friendly, I thought I may just have had some bad luck but now it seems like it might all be related.

    I was just wondering if anyone had any idea what they thought this might be and if they could offer any advice as I'm dreading going in the run in the morning for fear of what I might find

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  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Could it be something genetic?

    I have lost two chickens with zero signs until the sudden death other than looking 'off'. I would like to hear what the vet has to say.
  3. TreeHugger

    TreeHugger Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2008
    Could they have mites or worms? The pale face and lethargic acting suggests that could be a possibility. I lost about 7 full grown birds last year to buffalo gnats before I realized that was the problem. The birds were healthy and within a few hours the buffalo gnats would make them anemic and kill them. Good luck!
  4. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    Could you let us know what the vet says? This something we all need to know about.
  5. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Not mine. They have all been loused/wormed. They did have fleas/lice at one point, but not an out of control number. No signs of worms.. The ones that did die were smaller than they should have been. I attributed this to failure to thrive.
  6. crispyminstral

    crispyminstral New Egg

    Jul 21, 2011
    I will let you know when I hear back, should be tomorrow [​IMG]

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