Unexpected Death of Rooster

pinewind

Hatching
11 Years
Jan 18, 2009
2
0
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Belmont
Our 2-3 year old Buff Orpington Rooster just "dropped dead" this afternoon. He had been wandering around all day just as normal, has been eating, acting perfectly normal, no apparent unusual stools, comb and wattles nice and red...mounting the hens 20 times a day as usual....our chickens free range all day everyday wherever they want to go around the farm, get scratch grains and some layer pellets or sometimes grower pellets when they steal from the pullets. Have no idea what might have happened, we just found him keeled over on his face out on the lawn, no injuries, no ruffled feathers....any idea what might have caused this?
Karen
Belmont, NY
 

Schultz

CluckN'Crow Farm
11 Years
Aug 5, 2008
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27
221
Indianapolis
So sorry for your loss. I am not sure why he died but i hope someone else can help. Welcome to BYC, I am sorry it is under these circumstances.
 

Sunny Side Up

Count your many blessings...
11 Years
Mar 12, 2008
4,730
211
294
Loxahatchee, Florida
But I'm sorry your very first post has to be about such a sad occurance.


When something like this happens in my flock I have to think it was something bad that they ate, that killed them very quickly.

I don't know if you should try & open him up, don't know what you should look for. Don't know if it would be advisable to have him professionally necropsied. I hope wiser members will chime in soon.
 

Debi214

Songster
11 Years
Apr 6, 2008
475
3
141
Richmond, VA
One of mine found a piece of glass and I think that is what happened. Why do they have to eat everything they find???
 

pinewind

Hatching
11 Years
Jan 18, 2009
2
0
7
Belmont
My husband said he thought maybe the rooster had a heart attack also.....we didn't know if this was something that happened to chickens though, I suppose any animal could have a hidden heart problem though and die unexpecredly. We sure will miss him, he was a real easy going guy, liked to check in on what you were doing throughout the day and just watch for a while before continuing on about his business.
Karen
Belmont, NY
 

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