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two hens sudden death

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by channel, Jun 21, 2016.

  1. channel

    channel New Egg

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    the girls were free ranging this morning, back in the coop around 2. did some errands, came back, peeked at them. all up in the nesting box; one laying an egg, the other two dead! they never go up during the day unless threatened. So strange-- two dead, lying up in the roosting area; the other on the nesting box. What on earth could have happened?
     
  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! So sorry for your loss. [​IMG]

    What has the temperature been? If it has been hot they could've died from the heat. Are there any marks on them that could've been from predators? Teeth marks, broken bones, etc? Do you have a lot of predators in your area?

    Could the one in the nest box have an impacted egg? How old were they, and what breed? And if you only had three chickens and two died you will need to get at least one more for the last hen or give her away. It isn't good for chickens to be alone.
     
  3. channel

    channel New Egg

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    thanks for your reply. it was hot, but has been much hotter in the past. what is so strange is they were in the yard happy as they could be, put them back in the coop, and couple hours later all three were in the upper coop/roost, two dead, one laying her egg. no signs of predators, stress, anything.

    we happened to get two chicks 6 weeks ago so that was good luck. will try to introduce them together soon.
     
  4. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Overrun With Chickens

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    That is weird. Maybe being trapped in a coop in hot weather was just too much? I'm not really sure, but that is the best I can think of right now.
     
  5. silenthawk2x3

    silenthawk2x3 Out Of The Brooder

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    I lost six duck hens earlier in the month to heat stroke in the duck hut. We left them closed up so we could get some shopping done and came back to a horror scene. We got back before noon and five were already gone, only ~ 76 degrees outside. We only have two ducks and the gander of the birds that were kept in that coop. It sounds like heat death.
     
  6. peacockfeather

    peacockfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sorry for your loss! Could be a disease. Some diseases can cause sudden death. Did you notice any symptoms like decreased appetite? Were there a lot of feathers around? If so, could have been a fox attack.
     

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