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#1 August-24-2014 6:51:pm

crazychickenpeople
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Rooster mating

I've watched our rooster mating with the hens which are all about 5 months old. Some have begun to lay eggs while some have not. Most have bright red waddles and cones while some others are only pink indicating that they are not ready yet. One of the hens with bright red waddles and cone was found dead on the coop floor yesterday with no indication of the onset of an illness or a problem. All of the other chickens appear healthy. I have three questions. 1. Could the hen have been egg bound, and would that condition kill her that quickly? 2. In the process of mating could the rooster have broken her neck and killed her? 3. We read somewhere that sunflower seeds are good for chickens, shells and all. We fed the chickens sunflower seeds still in the shell. Could she have choked on one?

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#2 September-1-2014 3:23:am

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Re: Rooster mating

Pink waddles, sounds like sick chickens.  You want them all red which is a good indication of their health.  Look for lesions in the mouth or maybe a sore on her/his head.   Rasping, sneezing or lack of appetite. Mosquitoes are common carriers for poultry diseases this time of year.

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#3 September-1-2014 3:56:am

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Re: Rooster mating

crazychickenpeople wrote:

I've watched our rooster mating with the hens which are all about 5 months old. Some have begun to lay eggs while some have not. Most have bright red waddles and cones while some others are only pink indicating that they are not ready yet. One of the hens with bright red waddles and cone was found dead on the coop floor yesterday with no indication of the onset of an illness or a problem. All of the other chickens appear healthy. I have three questions. 1. Could the hen have been egg bound, and would that condition kill her that quickly? 2. In the process of mating could the rooster have broken her neck and killed her? 3. We read somewhere that sunflower seeds are good for chickens, shells and all. We fed the chickens sunflower seeds still in the shell. Could she have choked on one?

It is unlikely she died from being egg bound or from a rooster maiting. I feed my birds sunflower seed with the shells on and have never had a problem. Chickens don't chew their food. It goes into their gizzard and gets ground up by grit. If they don't have grit available to them they pick up little stones that go into their gizzard to grind up their feed. I have found chickens dead too for no apparent reason. Excessive heat can kill them or they can have heart attacks. I have even had birds have strokes.


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