Why did my chicken die?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TOPSY147, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. TOPSY147

    TOPSY147 Hatching

    Nov 23, 2011
    I am a new member hoping to get some advice on keeping my chickens. I purchased 3 hens in July this year (all POL)- 1 black Rock, 1 Maran Cou Cou and 1 Warren and up to last week they were all fine.

    Last Wednesday my husband noticed that one of them had runny poo-pasty white and watery, but they all seemed to be OK. Then on Saturday morning he found the Maran Cou Cou near death. We examined her to see if she had an egg broken in her vent or anything and she really smelt, plus we found all the feathers missing from her breast down to her vent and she was very skinny. She was the most difficult of the 3 to handle so we had not noticed anything until then. There was no sign of parasites and the area was not red. She rallied a little when we gave her water with a syringe but sadly died Saturday evening. Does anyone have any idea what killed her.

    If it was just the diarrhoea we would have thought it was due to something she ate but the missing feathers are a mystery. I wormed them 2 months ago and put cider vinegar or poultry drink in their water regularly. They are fed on layers pellets with the odd treat late afternoon-meal worms, corn, or veg etc.

    At the moment the remaining two seem OK are are laying.

    I would appreciate any advice.[​IMG]
  2. NoseyChickens

    NoseyChickens Feathers On The Ground

    Aug 3, 2009
    Southern California
    If she was really thin, it could be intestinal worms. You can treat that with a wormer bought at the feed store. COuld she have been egg bound?
  3. Gargoyle

    Gargoyle Crowing

    Apr 13, 2011
    Fox Valley, IL
    My Coop
    I'm sorry to hear about your chicken, and I hope people here will be able to help with the diagnosis.

    Welcome to BYC, and best of luck with your other chicks.
  4. Tracy the chick

    Tracy the chick Songster

    Aug 28, 2011
    Welcome [​IMG] sorry about your chicken. If you post this on the emergency & diseases thread you will get lots of help. Good luck, Tracy x
  5. CheerioLounge

    CheerioLounge Songster

    Apr 10, 2011
    California High Desert
    So sorry to hear about your chicken.

    [​IMG] from Twentynine Palms in the California high desert! As you can see, you'll find a lot of friendly and knowledgeable folks here who are always ready to help!! Enjoy!
  6. hcppam

    hcppam Songster

    Quote:I Agree.
    [​IMG] Hello, from the Big Bear mountains of Ca. Glad you found us. [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2011
  7. CrestedGirl

    CrestedGirl Polish Obsessed

    Mar 7, 2011
    Fort Worth, Tx
    Quote:I agree also.

    [​IMG] So glad you joined us [​IMG]
  8. jtbrown

    jtbrown Songster

    Mar 30, 2011
    Southeastern Ohio
    Sorry cannot help, but glad you are here!
  9. rbaker0345

    rbaker0345 Big Mamma Brahma

    If you google the symptoms, you might find some help. It sounds like she wasn't eating.

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