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I had a friend watch our gals for 4 days this week. She said she had no problems.

Yesterday we moved the ladies to a new grazing area, letting them free-range for the day while we moved them.

One of the hens did not make it to the coop last night, and I figured she'd be gone come morning - as we have a bit of a coyote problem in our area. But I saw her strutting around the morning, happily still free-ranging.

I opened up the coop this morning and didn't notice anything off (though still rubbing the grogginess from my eyes at that point).

I come back less than an hour later to find this 2 year old gal dead, breast down, with no signs of struggle or bites.

The coop is in good order, no holes anywhere except a slit where a young snake could squeeze through.

I'm about to go do an autopsy. Is there anything I should look for?

Any and all help on a diagnosis would be appreciated greatly!

Circle of life. Just another chance to learn something.




Here's the link to the autopsy. I hope it's not too offensive at times.

Edited by TheFarmerInDale - 5/1/16 at 5:35pm