Dead hen???

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nickydwuk
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Dead hen???

Post by nickydwuk » 26 Jan 2014, 13:39

Hope someone can enlighten me. We have 3 hens and up until now they have all been well. Our speckledy hen started to moult in Oct/Nov and subsequently stopped laying. She never had a full moult but has still not resumes laying but we are putting that down to the time of year. She is healthy in every other way.

Our black rock has been well and laying all this time. Yesterday she laid an egg that was blood stained on the shell - after that she seemed lethargic, didn't want to eat or drink. Last night she went into the coop with the others but did not roost on the perch but stayed on the floor. This morning she hadn't moved and while the other 2 rushed out she stayed inside. I checked on her a couple of hours later to find she was dead. This was so quick that we didn't have chance to check her over or seek professional advice. Any ideas what could have caused this and could our other hens be at risk? They have been getting wet lately and although we have covers for their run the wind has been blowing the rain in at different angles so they always seem soggy. Could this have anything to do with it?

Any suggestions would be helpful. We feel we have let them down somehow.
New mum to our Goldline(Ruby), Speckledey (Mabel), Bluebell (Belle), White Star (Jess) and Sussex Star (Bumble)

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Re: Dead hen???

Post by Henwife » 26 Jan 2014, 17:16

The weather is unlikely to have a negative effect on an otherwise healthy & laying hen. Check her nether regions for a prolapse which is a possibility with a blood stained egg, although there can be other reasons for this such as a particularly large one. If there is no obvious reason for her death, bear in mind that the expression "Fell off her perch" is based on the sad truth that some do just that.
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Re: Dead hen???

Post by nickydwuk » 27 Jan 2014, 21:23

Thanks for the response, henwife. That has helped a bit.
New mum to our Goldline(Ruby), Speckledey (Mabel), Bluebell (Belle), White Star (Jess) and Sussex Star (Bumble)

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