Sudden unexplained death of hen! I'm sad and baffled. :(

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by nelleschickfarm, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. nelleschickfarm

    nelleschickfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    We're so utterly confused. Saw my four hens at 9 am to fill their water bowl and feeder. All seemed well. Our white/black brahma, Silver, jumped back in the coop to lay an egg. I went back inside my house, came back out to check on the chickens at about 12:30 or 1pm and Silver was dead. On her back, feet up, wings spread out. Not an ounce of blood, no trauma. Our chicken run is very secure, so I knew it wasn't a predator, but I checked her all over. Her wattle had gone very pale, her eyes white and glassy. What on earth could have happened?! Should I be worried about my three remaining chickens? I'm so sad for poor Silver, but I didn't notice anything sickly about her at all. :(
     
  2. Johnn

    Johnn Overrun With Chickens

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    I sort of had something similar, i found My Welsummer lieng flat on her back in the field and she had a pale comb and i seen her in the morning and she was fine :/. Sorry for your loss :(
     
  3. Jarrett Dobbins

    Jarrett Dobbins Out Of The Brooder

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    How old was Silver? If she was an older bird it may have been caused by old age and it may have been her time to go. I walked into my coop one morning to find one of my favorite hens, Sassy, dead on the floor. She was about 4-5 years old so it was just her time to go. Other than that, I don't know.
     
  4. nelleschickfarm

    nelleschickfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, that's what's more of a mystery, she's not even one yet. She's very young. So strange. Thank you for your help. Sorry about Sassy. :(
     
  5. Jarrett Dobbins

    Jarrett Dobbins Out Of The Brooder

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    Hmm.. sounds strange to me, but then again, I'm not really an expert on why chickens die, just how to raise them [​IMG]

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