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