One of my hens died ....

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  1. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    sadly yes..

    I went out this morning as usually to open the coop and check for eggs.. in one of the nesting boxes a hen I thought was just
    being broody.. but no.. stiff as a board.. :(

    so quite sad.. they are only two years old..excellent layers.. and no of illness in the others ...quite sudden.. she was out and about yesterday.. any ideas ?


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    Chicken pox?? (y)
     
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    Roasted or curried would be my preference.:whistle:

    Sorry Jim, couldn't resist ... could she be egg bound?
     
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    no idea really.. not an expert hen keeper..

    but may have been, been getting fewer eggs the last couple of days. ..
     
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    A wasp? ...Or a snake would be the answer here.
    We usually buy hens ...for the eggs yes , but as well because they eat the snakes ......if they are the quickest that is!
     
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    sorry to hear this Jim. Maybe the others had attacked her?
     
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    Trouble with chickens is they don't show you they are ill until it's too late. It's possible she was not broody, just poorly. Bless her. It's sad, you do become quite attached to them, don't you. We have four Orpingtons ( a buff, a silver Lace, A Gold Lace and a reverse Silver Lace) finally all laying, but great characters and very friendly. Especially, when they get their evening digestive biscuits.

    Sorry for your loss.
     
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    don't think so.. they are very sociable.. never seen them fighting.. just the odd peck from the top hen.. she has the green and orange leg bands


    too early for wasps .. no snakes
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    thanks.. yes you do get attached.. they run to greet me .. and jump up and try to peck my hands to see if I have a tasty bit for them.
     
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    Chicken soup.
     
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    ohh.. I couldn't .. odd isn't it.. like eating one of your own..
     
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    You have rats and snakes. Why hasn't your Prince in dull black armour come to your rescue ?
     
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    Best not to eat them. You don't know why they died!
     
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    Don't chuck it!
     
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    I understand how you feel Jim and without knowing what it died of it's probably just as well to give it a funeral (y)
    I've always liked chickens I could watch them all day.
     
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    If the photo was taken recently they all look in excellent order, so yes it might have been a soft shelled or maybe extra large egg got stuck. It can happen if the weather suddenly turns cold (amongst other reasons) Hybrid hens are bred to live and lay lots for a couple of seasons, so they can keel over unexpectedly, though often they go on for years.

    If the combs are not looking nice and red (as in the photo) its usually a sign that something is amiss. If any of the others are looking pale then check them for lice and readmite, also check their droppings look normal in case they need worming, though thats unlikely with only a few birds on clean ground.

    Sorry you lost one :(
     
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    Exactly! I've been aware of the snakes being around since I was a child. My parents used to make us wear wellies when going to the country side, especially on a sunny and warm day!

    Mind you they're not only found in the country side... Max's very private mechanic found a dead one right behind my battery.... probably looking for a bit of shade.... got a shake instead!;)
     
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    They don't tend to lay the same when deceased.....:cry:
     
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    We lost one of our`s just after they started laying...

    Turned out an egg had broke inside her..

    Fatal..:(
     
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