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mysterious chicken death
June 13, 2011
6:34 pm
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homesteadmama
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I have (or had) two chickens as pets/layers.  This morning I went out to feed and water and they were fine.  Acted fine, looked normal.  Late afternoon I go out and one (a Rhode Island Red) was laying in the coop, hidden under the nesting boxes, dead.  She had laid an egg probably no more than 3 hours earlier.  The other chicken is fine and they stay in the pen so it wasn't another animal.  The temps got up to 102 degrees, so at first I thought it was heat, but we have had several days last week that got up to 105 and she was fine.  I would think that if it was too hot she would have acted funny and stopped laying.  I clean the coop out weekly, haven't changed the feed, fresh water daily, so I have no idea what might have happened to her.  Any ideas?

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June 14, 2011
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I'm sorry!  No real ideas about why but I've had it happen to my chickens too.  Seems like one minute they are fine and the next time you see them they are dead.  Doesn't happen often but once in a while it does.  I'm sorry for your loss though....ours are pets/layers too.

June 14, 2011
8:28 pm
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Yeah, I'm really bummed.  She would come when I called and would follow me around the yard while I did chores.  My dog seems to be taking it harder than me however.  She dug her up and moved her by the gate to the chicken yard, then kept guard by her all night. 

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June 14, 2011
9:46 pm
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Oh my that is so sad about your dog. You never know about what pets will do.

June 14, 2011
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So many chicken deaths are mysterious. I agree...they can be fine one minute and just up and die the next. I'm sorry for your loss, I know it can be especially hard when you only have a couple. What your dog did was amazing!

June 15, 2011
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So sorry to hear about your chickie, I'm pretty attached to mine too. I have one, I call her Sister and she will run to a rock and wait for me, look at the rock then at me, the rock, me, rock, me....waiting for me to turn it over for her.... so...I turn over the rock.

Sorry for your loss.

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June 15, 2011
11:28 pm
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I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who mourns over the death of a chicken.  I just had one die this morning too.  I sang "Amazing Grace" as I took her out of the coop.  They just have a way of getting into our hearts.  I've had chickens for over 10 years now and I still haven't gotten used to it.

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June 16, 2011
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New question, how do you keep your dog from digging up a chicken that you have now burried (deeper and deeper) 3 times. 

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June 16, 2011
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homesteadmama said:

New question, how do you keep your dog from digging up a chicken that you have now burried (deeper and deeper) 3 times. 

I don't think there is a way. Maybe place a rock over it? We just usually give in and let him have it. He'll eventually re-bury it in your flower or vegetable garden.

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