Weaken, Fall Over and Die Disease

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by springchicken10, Aug 12, 2014.

  1. springchicken10

    springchicken10 In the Brooder

    Apr 28, 2013
    Hi, I've had chickens on and off for years. They are kept in a secure coop that has a dirt floor, hay and roosting boxes. Predators can't get in. I bought four silkie pullets about 4 months ago. I also have 3 other pullets and a rooster. One of the silkie pullets weakened and died overnight about 3 months ago - pretty much as soon as I got them. Now I have one who has been just fine for 4 months until this morning. She wouldn't eat or move. She was sitting upright. Now, 4 hours later she is near death. What causes this? Everybody I know who has chickens says this just happens.
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2014
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    There are many things that can cause what you described: Cocci, internal/external parasites, moldy feed, diseases...just to name a few. You can contact your local extension office and find out how to send a dead bird off for a necropsy, then you'd know exactly what you're dealing with.

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