Young hen just died please help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Sandbellie, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. Sandbellie

    Sandbellie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2009
    New Hampshire
    One of my younger hens just died and I have no idea what happened to her. I was feeding them their night time meal and I couldn't find one of the hens we called Sneezy.

    I looked under the deck and she was hiding, laying down, with her eyes closed, under the steps. She wouldn't come when I called her like she usually does so I went in after her. When I pulled her out to see her, she looked very sick. Her whole face area was a deep redish purple along with her comb and wattles. Her eyes looked dilated and she would not stand. I was going to bring her in, but as I was holding her neck flopped back, her eyes closed, and there was clear liquid at her mouth (saliva?). She started twitching and then went limp.

    This was the most awful thing I have experienced! [​IMG] I love my chickens to death and I have no idea what went wrong! I feel terible. [​IMG]

    I recently noticed she seemed lighter in weight, but she ate and drank fine from what I saw.

    If someone could please give me an idea on what happened I would be so grateful. [​IMG]

    -edited to add-

    Her comb and wattles also looked almost shriveled up. they weren't completely purple, but they looked as if they had a tint of purple.
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2011
  2. kinsey228

    kinsey228 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2011
    Chesterville, Maine
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  3. allieloveschickens

    allieloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2010
    San Diego
    could she have eaten something poisonous? So sorry for your loss [​IMG]
  4. Sandbellie

    Sandbellie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2009
    New Hampshire
    I don't she could have gotten into something poisonous. I hope not! There isn't anything around here for them to get into that I see. [​IMG]
  5. Sandbellie

    Sandbellie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2009
    New Hampshire
    She was a leghorn mix. Would that have anything to do with it? Do they have certain problems? I had a roo leghorn/mix that seemed to of died from the same thing last winter. [​IMG]
  6. Sandbellie

    Sandbellie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2009
    New Hampshire
    Can someone PLEASE help me? [​IMG]
  7. K8tieCat

    K8tieCat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    Northern California
    I had the same thing happen to one of my 2 year old hens about three months ago. I was told that the purple was a sign of poor circulation and heart problems. She may have died from a heart failure/attack. It happens. So sorry for your loss.
  8. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    Quote:Yes, it does happen. It could also have been a stroke -- were both pupils dilated or just one? (either way, it still could have been a stroke or heart attack). I'm sorry for your loss. Although it was very traumatic for you, at least your girl didn't die alone -- at the very end you were there and she knew she was loved. [​IMG]
  9. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    If she had been acting normally prior to this, I'd give great weight to what previous posts mentioned about it being a heart attack or stroke.

    I lost a two-year old rooster in just such a manner. Several months prior to finding him dead under his roost, he had a seizure. When I was standing there, he went all purple in the face, and his comb got purple. He was on his perch and started flapping and tilted over to the side. I've since discovered that the flapping is a response to suffocation. I grabbed him and kind of went into a panic, but he returned to normal. He was fine until three months later when I found him dead.

    Chickens do sometimes have genetic tendencies to heart attack and stroke. It's heart-breaking nonetheless. Try to accept that there was nothing you could have done differently that would have made a difference.
  10. PuffnStuff34

    PuffnStuff34 New Egg

    Aug 25, 2011
    I'm really sorry about that. [​IMG]

    Was her face swollen at all? It sounds like it could be a sinus infection. I have a Blue Andalusian who was having the comb and all, we took her to the vet, and that's what she had.

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