We're in WI and had some wicked bad lightening storms last night. I went out this morning to find a White Rock dead under the roosting bar. She is always closest to the outside window of the coop. She did not appear sick yesterday and none of the other hens appear to be sick. All eating, drinking and nice red combs. No other real changes. I have NO idea why she died. Do we need to get an autopsy or find out? How can we dispose of her? My husband said the trash. We only have .75 acres and he doesn't want to have dead chicken all over...
No sign of struggle
Not sick yesterday
No birds seem sick
No unusual droppings
Huge thunderstorm last night and she was by the outside window
My other thoughts go to the migratory birds are back and really just picked up returning her last week. Also, my friend who is looking at getting backyard chickens came over on Monday and she was in the coop with me. I didn't think to ask if she had been to other coops with those same boots.
Or...just take care of the dead hen and move on? Thoughts? This is our first flock and first dead chicken (we had 8 hens), so I'm not sure what to do from here.
Edited by SLKchickens - 3/16/16 at 8:43am