why chickens die

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chicks4love, Dec 13, 2013.

  1. chicks4love

    chicks4love New Egg

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    I am a first time chicken owner. I have 3 Buff Orpingtons, 3 black sexlinks, and 3 Light Brahmas. They were hatched may 1st and I have raised them since. They all are hens and have been laying for about 6 weeks now. This morning when I went to collect eggs, one of the Buff Orppingtons was dead. It appeared that it had happened not long before I got there. Her body was still warm. She had no injuries on her body. I was wondering if she had a heart attack or something similar. Can she have gotten startled and fly into a wall? Can someone maybe give me a clue?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Chickens do have heart attacks. Generally when this happens their combs and wattles will be darkened in coloration. Also a broken neck due to fright and flight injury is possible. At one time I raised ring neck pheasants and lost birds to 'fright crashes'.
     
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Birds can die suddenly from many things, including heart attacks, being egg bound, injuring themselves on something, or having some internal problem. Without a necropsy, you will often never knew for sure what went wrong; however, even with a necropsy, the cause of death is often vague. As long as no more of your chickens start dying, this is probably just a freak occurrence. Whatever happened, I'm sorry for your loss. [​IMG]
     
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    X2.

    Sorry for your loss!
     
  5. chicks4love

    chicks4love New Egg

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    Thank you for the replies, it helps alot. I am amazed how attached I have gotten to them. I will let you know how the rest do. Thank you for the replies!.
     
  6. Back Yard Bean

    Back Yard Bean New Egg

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    Aww! How sad :(

    It seems whenever we lose one of our birds/animals/pets, I'm the one to discover it.

    Hope your other girls are OK....
     

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