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.

3/19/2018 8:43:56 AM

My white fouls dieing and turn blue then all their stuff feathers falling of what do I do to prevent the others from dieing

3/19/2018 8:43:54 AM

I have so white fouls and their feather just falling of and within a day the dead,when the all dead they turn blue and don't even have on a feather what to do to prevent the others from dieing?!!!!

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😢😢😢.

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