The strangest thing....

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by iFairyx, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. iFairyx

    iFairyx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all,

    Just another oddity to report.

    Yesterday we were all round the farm (as you do) and one of the chickens screamed, of course all
    attention went on the chicken pen! All the birds had gone to one side of the enclosure and one of
    our hens had died :(

    This is their enclosure (except there is no hutches in it anymore and a few more perches about the place).......

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    All the hens went to the left side of the pen and the hen who had died was by their coop.

    We checked to make sure no unwanted pests were in there, and we didn't see any cats (plus there was no marks on the hen).

    We've had to chalk it up to one of those things (our flock have a lot of 'one of those things' at times), but
    I thought I'd share.

    If anyone has any ideas then please feel free to share :D
    iFairy x
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    I'm sorry to hear about your hen [​IMG] It may have been a hawk. We had a similar experience a few weeks ago. We did see the hawk fly off and when we looked around I found a dead chick. No obvious injuries, but when we examined her we found a puncture wound under her wing [​IMG] It wasn't very big, but it was fatal.
     
  3. lynyrd

    lynyrd Out Of The Brooder

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    had a chicken die of a heart attack from a threat once. no injury just fear i guess
     
  4. sajones009

    sajones009 New Egg

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    I am so sorry to hear about your chicken. We had a new experience this morning. Our chicken coop is in a secure, predator proof enclosure. When I went out this morning for my usual goodmorning, check on the chickens, our favorite hen was dead, laying on the ground just outside the pophole. No injures or anything. I was so startled and sad. She was fine last night. I am thinking she may have had heart attack. Our chickens are only 7 1/2 months old and very good layers. So sad today.
     

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