I found one of my favorite (of course) roosters hanging upside down from a limb. He was dead and there were no other apparent causes of death. He was a very healthy 2 year old boy in perfect condition. I keep lots of roosters (wasn't my original plan, but there's something about them). Anyway, most of them are game breeds so I have to keep them on tie cords. It looks like he tried to roost in a limb of the tree above his barrel and overshot it. He had done this occasionally in the past, but I always found him right away and got him down. I was gone all day yesterday, so I don't actually know how long he had been hanging. But, I suspect he probably tried to get into the tree late in the evening (roosting time). I found him around 8:30 PM and he wasn't completely cold yet. Additionally, the weather conditions were rainy with thunder and lightning. I know being upside down puts them into a catatonic state, but would it kill them? And, if so, how long would it take for them to die this way? He was a Shamo, and a real beauty with a great personality.