What happened to my little roo?

Nimby Chickens

Songster
9 Years
Oct 20, 2010
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Central FL
I found my cochin bantam roo, Fancy Pants, dead in the coop yesterday. I had noticed nothing wrong with him except a slight gasp when he breathed yesterday. He was acting normally otherwise and I figured he just inhaled a crumble.

I checked him thoroughly and I found lice or mites (not sure which yet) and he had pale wattles and a pale comb. I checked his throat for gapeworm - swabbed all around in there with a q-tip and got nothing.

I dusted his coop mates and coop with Sevin and watched for anyone breathing funny... no one acting weird. Does anyone have any idea what happened to Fancy Pants?
 

teach1rusl

Love My Chickens
10 Years
Jul 28, 2009
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Floyds Knobs, Indiana
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So sorry about your little roo.
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When there's really no change in behavior or obvious symptoms, it's almost impossible to tell why a chicken dies. Even an autopsy doesn't always reveal the answer. I've had an otherwise healthy young hen die while relaxing in a dustbathing area. He could have had a stroke, heart (or other organ) failure, hit a wall and broken his neck, etc.
 

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