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Unexpected Death of RIR!!NEED ADVICE

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mylilchix, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    My ds just found one of our 20 week old RIR dead in the run. She was perfectly healthy an hour ago. He found her curled up and dead. I'm just trying to figure out what happened. She's just started laying too. [​IMG] My poor ds is so upset. It almost seems like she broke her neck. Her legs are tucked up under her and her body is stiff, but her neck is very limp. The only other thing I can think of it that she choked on the scratch I had just put out. Could any of those be a possibility?

    Last edited: Oct 23, 2008

  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Sorry to hear that. It could be any number of things. Sometimes, we just never know what happened. With no symptoms, could be an injury or just anything.
  3. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    If it was natural causes can we eat her?
  4. bkbuz1987

    bkbuz1987 In the Brooder

    Aug 29, 2008
    I had this happen to my RIR 9/29, I narrowed it down to sour crop and or botulism. I would eat an animal unless I was sure what killed it. You never know:/

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