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 Post subject: Post Mortem Help
PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:21 am 
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New Member here - trying to find out what might be causing my chickens to die
History - Had 8 chickens (mixed - Isa, Buff Orpington, splash wynadotte, barnvelder & Light Sussex) & a Australorp Wynadotte Rooster
New Neighbours dog got in and killed 2 Light Sussex
2 months later they replaced with 2 more - they looked healthy enough and looked to be about 18 weeks - had not laid yet.
Within 3 days 1 had died - no visible signs - other than a bit of pecking at rear end which I thought might have occured when they were introduced to flock. A week or two later, the other Sussex was dead.
Now I wake this morning to one of the Splash Wynadottes dead - it appears to have quite substantial feather loss - on one side and the bottom of neck - can't say I noticed this when it was alive though.

Any clue to what I might be looking at - I can post pics of dead body if nobody is opposed to that ?

Don't want to lose the whole flock because I may have missed something ? Would like to try and find cause and treat if possible


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 Post subject: Re: Post Mortem Help
PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:25 pm 
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Do you think neighbours dog got in again?

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pics please


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 Post subject: Re: Post Mortem Help
PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:24 pm 
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No don't think dogs got it - it was on the ground in the shed - which is pretty secure - colourbond with roof.


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 Post subject: Re: Post Mortem Help
PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:27 pm 
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Other two Light Sussex were found in similar situation - dead on the ground in the enclosed chook house.
All had feathers missing - that I had not noticed prior.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:18 am 
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Depending on where you are situated it could be a phascogale, although I would have expected more damage to the birds. Here's a link viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7975304&start=0&hilit=phascogale

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Some years ago I found a rooster in the morning dead under the perch and his face had been eaten. I am pretty sure that he died suddenly and when he was dead either rats, or in my situation more likely mice ate his head.
I don't know if they would remove feathers.
Sorry about your pretty birds.

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