12 mo old Buff Orpington's death

Asked April 25, 2016, 4:27 PM EDT

I have 17 chickens, a small bkyd flock. 5 welsummer hens w one roo, 5 buffs (now 4), 5 barred Plymouth Rocks and a Delaware, all hens. I have raised them all from 1 day of age. No problems and all alive and happy at 12 months of age... until three days ago. One Buff began losing feathers off her back at the beginning of her tail, she began to tire and sit and last night she failed to move while holding her. I checked for bugs and mites and saw none- her vent was mostly clean, little poo crusted but not noticeable from the fluff side. Her crop was clear and it did not appear that she was egg bound. I am confused as one of the welsummers appears to have the beginning signs. My Buff let me pet her, she heaved out two heavy breaths, rolled over, shut her eyes and was gone. I love my birds and would do anything for them! What is this? Do you want her frozen body to determine or potentially the next dead bird? Please direct me. So very much appreciate your expertise and help in advance. Jackie Reed, West Friendship, MD 443-204-7222

Howard County Maryland chickens

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