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#109389 - 04/18/13 02:10 PM High fever with Hen,now she died
WendyMom Offline
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Yesterday, I noticed one of my good layer hens was extremely hot when I was doing my last check for the evening,come this morning she was gone. She wasn't acting strange at all earlier yesterday. All my others hens seem to be fine,but I'm concerned as to what could have caused this to happen with her and no one else and what should I do to prevent it from happening again?

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#109390 - 04/18/13 04:22 PM Re: High fever with Hen,now she died [Re: WendyMom]
CJR Offline
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High temperature often means acute infection. And sudden death may be the only "symptom" of a number of problems. Maybe someone will have a thought about her sad death?? Sorry for loss of any nice hen! CJR


Edited by CJR (04/18/13 04:23 PM)

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#109393 - 04/19/13 01:04 PM Re: High fever with Hen,now she died [Re: CJR]
WendyMom Offline
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Thank you CJR, I'm very sad about it she was a good girl! Still not a lot of answers,so far none of my others seem sick.

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#109400 - 04/20/13 05:01 PM Re: High fever with Hen,now she died [Re: WendyMom]
Wieslaw Offline
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too few details I'm afraid. If the situation repeats, it would be advisable to cut the bird open and see if there are some unusual things to see.

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#109404 - 04/21/13 07:30 AM Re: High fever with Hen,now she died [Re: Wieslaw]
WendyMom Offline
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Loc: Ohio
Wow ok like I said she was acting fine that afternoon then that evening extreme fever and then death! I'll pay closer attention from now on though thanks

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#109407 - 04/21/13 08:50 AM Re: High fever with Hen,now she died [Re: WendyMom]
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It may have botulism,especially if there are no other birds ill.A test of botulism is to try to pull a feather out ,if it comes easily then the odds are well in favor of this toxin.Keeping birds full of healthy bacteria (probiotics) will suppress the development of toxins.Death from Botulism can happen in minutes or days depending on the amount ingested

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#109414 - 04/22/13 01:55 AM Re: High fever with Hen,now she died [Re: jonnydot]
CJR Offline
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Botulism usually has the "limber neck", unable o lift head/neck, and with symptoms for several days before death, unable to eat or drink. Most cases can be saved, if treated promptly. And more than one bird would likely suffer the same infection. Yes, necropsy might have indicated, possible cause. With individual laying hens, reproductory tract problems are not uncommon. CJR

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#109415 - 04/22/13 03:34 AM Re: High fever with Hen,now she died [Re: CJR]
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CJR Death from Botulism can happen in minutes depending on the amount of toxins consumed ,However the cases I have witnessed have taken a few days though ,and it can be just one bird say for example a rancid worm was eaten ,the only way to save them that I know of is via an antitoxin derived from horse blood ,sometimes if caught and diagnosed early enough ,a molasses or Epsom salt flush can be used to save the bird by inducing diarrhea.Would love to hear of any other types of cures/treatments if you could point me in right direction

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#109447 - 04/25/13 12:51 AM Re: High fever with Hen,now she died [Re: jonnydot]
Wieslaw Offline
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I have saved a few birds just by flushing them with large amounts of water(internally of course)

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