Tragedy in the coop

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Sarahkw, Jul 20, 2018.

  1. Sarahkw

    Sarahkw Hatching

    Mar 28, 2018
    I have (had) a small flock of 5 ladies - 2 Buff Orpingtons & 3 Barred Rocks. I let them run free for a couple hours this afternoon (as usual) & then went to put them back in their run.
    When I offer them dried meal worms, they usually excitedly come running as fast as they can - today only 4 came.
    I found Pearl, one of my Orps, laying under a tree in the run. Initially I thought she was dust bathing, but she then began rubbing her head on the ground & about 30 seconds later was lifeless.
    She was a year old and seemed to be in perfect health.
    I am so saddened by the loss of my girl and am wondering if anyone knows what may have caused this? :(
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  2. dunnmom

    dunnmom Crowing

    Mar 30, 2016
    Heart attack? Stroke? Sudden death without prior symptoms might point to something like that. I'm so sorry you lost your hen.
  3. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

    Jun 23, 2013
    The Big Island/Hawaii
    :hugs Sorry for your loss :hugs
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  4. LibbyR

    LibbyR Songster

    Mar 11, 2017
    Did her wattles/comb look blue? That would definetly help you figure out if it had a heart attack or something similar. Just repeating knowledge I’ve been given on this forum. Also check her crop and see if there was something wrong with it. Chickens can hide illness well so maybe she was sick. Observing the rest of the flock for a while would be a good thing.
  5. I wonder if it was heat stress? Is it hot where you live? Has any of your flock been panting or holding their wings out from their bodies?
  6. HenniesInMyHeart

    HenniesInMyHeart Songster

    Mar 12, 2018
    I was thinking heat, poor girls have been miserable in the heat we're having this summer! Poor hennie. You might want to consider sending her for a necropsy to make sure the culprit wasn't contagious.
  7. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Crowing

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    I have read to expect 10-20% loss every year. While I rarely have seen this, it is to be expected. There may be no obvious reason found.
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  8. microchick

    microchick Crossing the Road

    Unfortunately, sometimes they do just die and we never know why. Could be just something as simple a genetic flaw in heart function or an infection in her reproductive system.

    Chickens often don't show signs of illness until they either drop dead or are too sick for the owner to help them.

    So sorry for your loss but unfortunately we have all suffered such a loss and have been in your shoes.

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  9. Carolrich

    Carolrich Songster

    Sep 26, 2016
    I too have lost several of my girls. It is very sad and I empathise with you:(
    I don't know if you have already done this, but check her body for wounds and check her crop for sour odors. But know, as has been said in this thread already, that you may never know the cause.
    Best of luck to you!
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  10. moniquem

    moniquem Crowing

    Feb 3, 2013
    :(. This is the bad part of chicken keeping, sometimes you just never find an answer.....
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