Why Did My Hen Die?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Featherybird, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. Featherybird

    Featherybird Out Of The Brooder

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    So my hen died this morning, and I don't know why. She was all down this past week, and didn't want to go out until I forced her. But she still seems fine when I let her out. Her sister died a few months ago and my hen wasn't eating or drinking, all moping around in her pen. I think she felt rejected because I was caring for the chicks, or/and she felt more lonely now. Either way, I am sad, but happ because she gets to see her sister again.

    Why and how did she die?

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    long ago photo. Turkey on the left and Raven on the right
    Turkey died first, then Raven.
     
  2. Firekin1

    Firekin1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She was either ill, was having crop issues, if laying age she could have been egg bound, there's multiple things that can go wrong...but I've yet to ever hear of chickens feeling rejected and dying from it.
     
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Chickens do sometimes die for no apparent reason. Obviously there was a reason, just one that we don't always see. Some people will have a necropsy done to find the cause of death, but I assume those will cost money. (I have never had one done) I would guess that she had some physical problem that wasn't visible to you. Sorry for your loss.
     
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2016
  4. csaylorchickens

    csaylorchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Coop

    My vet did one for free. I think he likes the opportunity to complete them for his knowledge too
     
  5. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Nice! Never hurts to ask, I guess.
     
  6. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    Both birds look elderly to me, chickens are not real long lived, and if they were hatch mates, I have had them die within weeks of each other after they are 3 years + old.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Bird on left looks like it's eye/head is swollen.....maybe sinus/respiratory infection?
     
  8. Featherybird

    Featherybird Out Of The Brooder

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    It's just the lighting of the sun and the camera angle :)
     
  9. Featherybird

    Featherybird Out Of The Brooder

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    They are about a year old there, so I don't know. They are sisters, and they died within 3 months of each other.
     

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