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Sun Death of Year Old Hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by yolksonus, May 22, 2016.

  1. yolksonus

    yolksonus Chirping

    Jan 27, 2015
    Barrington NH
    I just found one of my silver Wyandotte's dead with n apparent reason for death. She had been in the mulch with the other girls earlier today giving themselves dirt baths and all was fine. I just went to round them up as hubby was mowing the lawn, and there she was in the mulch looking like she was just sitting there, but she was dead. She hadn't been gone long as she was still warm. No blood, no misplaced feathers I'm so sad -she was one of my favorites. She was a great layer. We have now lost 2 this year and only have 4 left and is broody. The other girls seem fine. Any idea what could have killed her?

  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Strange coincidence, I found my silver laced Wyandotte dead a few days ago too. Same thing, healthy looking before, than dead the next day. I think chickens often die of heart attacks, that's my theory. Mine was 4. Many of my birds that pass will just be dead one day with no other signs or reasons. I don't do autopsies so I will never know, but it isn't uncommon for it to happen. Sorry you lost your hen, it doesn't sound like anything you could have done to prevent it.
  3. scooter147

    scooter147 Songster

    Jul 30, 2008
    It does happen with no known reason or signs anything are wrong.

    Last year I had a Hamburg that was fine one minute and looking for treats and not 5 minutes later when I went back she was laying dead in the run.
  4. tacmomma12

    tacmomma12 In the Brooder

    Aug 31, 2012
    So sad, but it can happen for no apparent reason. I've read that chickens can have strokes or heart attacks with little warning. I found one of my one year old RI Red's, Barbie Q when she was about a year old laying in the grass as if she was sleeping, but she didn't come when I called. She was still warm, no blood, no injuries I could see.

    So it happens. It absolutely sucks, but it does. :( So sorry!
  5. aldarita

    aldarita Songster

    Aug 2, 2012
    Brenham TX
    It does happen, my main hen (the one at the top of the pecking order) died last year, she was fine in the morning, going out to roam in the yard with the rest of the chickens like she always did (she was three years old) and when I went to the yard to start my chicken chores, I found her on the grass laying down and just barely alive, when I picked her up she died. In retrospective I rather have my hens die that way than have them suffered a long and painful illness. Bless their hearts, they will always be remembered with affection.

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