sudden chicken death - Grosse Pointe, Wayne County, MI

Asked September 1, 2013, 7:36 PM EDT

I recently found my 15-month-old Buff Orpington dead. The bird was part of a residential flock of 7 (2 Americaunas, 2 Bared Rocks, 1 Partridge Rock, all hens). The bird exhibited no signs of illness and showed no blood or injury. My flock has clean water and organic feed from McMurray Hatchery. Nearby plants include hemlock tree, arborvitae, boxwood, and yew bush. I have kept birds in this location for 4 years with no other deaths. I do not use artificial light, and the birds experience warm temperatures with plenty of shade. I use monitored free-ranging on occasion. The birds have no mites, and the hen house is cleaned every 5 weeks. I found the bird dead on its back with its legs extended and neck out. Should I consider something other than sudden chicken death? Online blogs have been unhelpful. I need a good academic book. Please advise.

Wayne County Michigan poultry

2 Responses

I would consider it a normal death event. Multiple (2 or 3) deaths within a 24- to 48-hour period would cause concern.

Feel free to contact me if you have other questions.

Thank you.