Why did Pepe' die?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bama chick, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. Bama chick

    Bama chick In the Brooder

    Aug 1, 2007
    Huntsville, Alabama
    My 10 month old Cochin died yesterday. Around 4:00 we let our chickens out to get some exercise. Pepe' looked and acted normal in all aspects. About 45 minutes later she was sitting down behind the coop. My DH thought the rooster had been chasing her and she was just hiding from him. He held her until I finished the chicken chores then we put her in the nest box. We went into the house around 5:00. I checked on her at 6:45 and she was dead. She was healthy, robust, active with no outward signs of illness. Her crop was fine, no discharge from anywhere and poo was normal. All systems seemed on go. I read a little on this site about "sudden death" but I still have questions. I want to make sure we did not do anything to cause her to die. We are going to scour the yard today for anything that might have caused this. What plants might poison a chicken? What toxins might be in our yard? Has anyone had any experience with this mystery being contagious? I don't want this to happen again. It is so hard when they die and she was one of my favorites. I feel so guilty because I feel as if I did not do enough for her. Please help.
  2. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens


    Sometimes, there is no outward sign. A necropsy might be able to tell, but [​IMG] (I know I am no help)

  3. SunshineSilkies

    SunshineSilkies Songster

    Jan 10, 2009
    It does sound like she could have ate something that was poisonous.....[​IMG]
  4. Chick_a_dee

    Chick_a_dee Songster

    May 23, 2008
    Peterborough, ON
    I have no idea, but not too long ago I went in our chicken coop to find one of our hens dead under the roost. All hens had been acting totally normal the day before.
  5. Turner

    Turner Songster

    Jan 2, 2010
    Northeast OH
    Chickens have a way of hiding illness to protect themselves. This hen was probably sick for a while and just didn't show it. Could it have been sudden death?? Maybe. Sorry for your loss I know how hard it is!

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