Sudden Chicken Death: What Are the Causes?

| 4/2/2014 3:49:00 PM

Tags: chickens, poultry, Matt Kelly, New York,

Rhode Island RedOne day this winter I found a chicken dead in the coop.

I’ve lost birds before, because of a weasel attack and a pile-up as chicks. But this death was totally strange.

The night before, when I closed up the coop, all eight birds were roosting and looking fine. Nothing out of the ordinary.

The next morning, when I opened the coop for the day, all the hens were clucking away and bustling around like normal.

It was only later in the day when I brought the chickens back inside that I noticed the dead bird.

The hen was collapsed on her side on the floor at the back of the coop. Eyes closed. Body limp and floppy. She showed no obvious signs of trauma: no blood, no injury, nothing stuck in her mouth or throat. Her comb and wattles were cold and pale. But her abdomen was still slightly warm. There may have been a pulse when I checked under her wing; it may have been the pulse in my own fingers.

1/14/2018 7:57:33 PM

My favorite layer was found dead today, lying on her side and still warm. She had layer a egg and another hen was in the box. Ipalpated her all over and there was no sign of trauma. Could she have fallen and broke her neck? I am so saddened😢😢😢.

1/14/2018 7:53:35 PM

I am so saddened thatI found my prized layer dead today in the coop, with a fresh egg in the box and another layer in the box. She was On her side and still warm without any sign of trauma. I palpated her all over and have no clue. Cold she have broken her neck from jumping and falling??? So very sad😢😢😢.

1/14/2018 7:53:33 PM

I found my best and most reliable layer hen today, on her side, dead but warm. I was so sad!!! No sign of any trauma. She had laid her daily egg and another hen was in a layer box at the time I found her. Could she have fallen and broke her neck? I palpate her all over and could not tell what had cause my Red’sdeath. So very sad!! My chicks are part of the family.😢😢

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