they killed her!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Lizl, May 12, 2011.

  1. Lizl

    Lizl Out Of The Brooder

    May 8, 2011
    I've just found one of my hens dead in the coop. She's been plucked almost clean, and her insides are...well....outside. This must've happened in about 3 hrs, as I fed them just before I left to run some errands. How do I stop such behaviour? Can there be a deficiency in their diet? They're 10wks old and on broiler grower.
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    They could be lacking protein. Or need more space. Or your hen could have prolapsed and they seized the oppotunity. Or a predator could have gotten to her. Or they could be bored. With chickens there are so many possibilities. Keep an eye on the others to see if they are behaving aggressively toward one another. They may not have actually killed her. [​IMG] so sorry about your baby.
  3. binza1979

    binza1979 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 6, 2011
    I'm so sorry! We found our little girl in time to save her, but they do damage so fast. I have no idea why they feel the need to attack. I hope you get the answers as to why it happened.
  4. Lizl

    Lizl Out Of The Brooder

    May 8, 2011
    Thanx, guys. I've just had them for about a week now. They're still having little "fights". It's hilarious to watch them having "stare-downs". Should I introduce a cockrel to maintain the pecking order? Apparently that helps settles them. Oh, so much to learn!
  5. pinkwindsong

    pinkwindsong Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2011
    Laurens SC
    Quote:oh my gosh you think the other hens did this... I had no idea they could be so mean and cannibal... how old are the hens is this a behavior I should watch out for ( new to chickens) int he future or is this a odd thing to happen?

  6. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Oh my broilers often have heart attacks and die, especially once they put on alot of weight. So she could have died and then they just went bullistic on her......Once they draw blood, it's like a frenzy. Chickens are very attracted to the color red.

    It's one of the brutal facts about chickens and other poultry.

    So sorry this happened,

  7. Lytlechick

    Lytlechick Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 11, 2011
    I've got a young hen that will run all over my roo? He likes to act up and she keeps him in line!
  8. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    Are they over crowded?? That's one of the main things to watch for when their real young. They need their space!!
  9. Bengalcats1

    Bengalcats1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2011
    Are you SURE they did it? That seems to be extreme, I would think something else got her first
  10. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Not for sure without pics, or how you have your coop/run area wired and or put together, but I'm willing to bet a predator type animal did this and not your other chix. I had the same thing happen and I initially blamed the other chickens, until I figured out it was a raccoon reaching in thru the chicken wire and doing the damage.

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