unknown death

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by soccerguy17, Apr 8, 2007.

  1. soccerguy17

    soccerguy17 In the Brooder

    Apr 7, 2007
    hello im new to the forum and am sad to have my first post be a sad one. Ive had chickens for about three years i have 1 barred plymouth rock
    2 production reds
    and a white plymouth rock
    last week i went to let the girls out and saw ellie-may my beloved white plymouth rock lying motionlessly on the coop floor. there was no sign of injury, the only predators we have are racoons, coyotes and the neighborhood cat. im completely clueless to what caused here to die so im just asking on what could of caused this she was acting normal. i do have a grudge that the neighbor could have poisened her
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2007
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Soccerguy...im so sorry for your loss....is there a way you can have a necropsy done on her? If you find she was poisoned...maybe you can show the report to the nabor...and tell them.....you will be watching...so sad.
  3. eichenluft

    eichenluft In the Brooder

    Mar 4, 2007
    In my area it is a crime (punishable by jailtime and/or fines) to poison or harm someone else's animal. I'm sure there are laws about livestock too. So I'd get a necropsy done, and report it to the police, or at least ask them about it.

  4. jstudy

    jstudy In the Brooder

    Feb 15, 2007
    Animals can and do have the same ailments happen to them as human. It could have been a heart attack or anurism. As an example, one of my friends was deer hunting and was watching a squirel munching a nut, all of a sudden it just went ridgid and dropped. [​IMG]
    The only way to tell for sure would be necropsy. If it was posion, I'd be surprised if it would only get into one chicken in sufficent quantities to cause death and not at least make the others sick.
  5. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    Sometimes chickens just die. We had one of our first ones (about 3 years old) running around getting treats and minutes later she went in the coop and hopped on the roost with the others and we heard a "thud". And there she was was, dead on the floor.
    Sometimes it just happens.
    I'm sorry for your loss.
  6. soccerguy17

    soccerguy17 In the Brooder

    Apr 7, 2007
    ill try to get a necropsy done, she was approximately 4 years old and what was strange was she had her eyes closed and she was right below the roost? i didnt think that here eyes would close automatically when she died so could she have died in here sleep?
  7. MTchick

    MTchick Songster

    Feb 2, 2007
    Western Montana
    I think it sounds reasonable that she died in her sleep. That necropsy should put your mind at ease, though, and if she died of something contagious it will enable you to prevent further losses.


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