Hello All, Went out last night to close up a hoop-coop pen of ten 12.5 week old cockerels that were destined for the dinner table. (Excess roos from an earlier hatch). They have all seemed happy and healthy day after day although their lust for my fermented feed seems to have tapered off with half of the chickens opting for the dry feed now (same feed I use for fermenting). There has also been one cockerel that had been sleeping on the ground as opposed to the roosts but that has been going on for awhile and I didn't notice anything odd other than that. There are no bloody poops, although I have found a pile of poop under the roost where the poop is very loong and thicker than an earthworm, maybe an inch long (not a round splat but a good firm tube of poop). He was found right in front of the roost as if he had fallen off the roost. There is no blood and no obvious signs of trauma although there seem to be possibly some missing feathers around the neck but it really just looks more like the other chickens were pulling feathers off or that is just he way the feathers parted after death and froze last night or something. The only think I can think of is that possibly the cockerel got botulism or something else deadly from the compost area? It happened sometime during the day so I know the guy didn't freeze to death. I throw all of my compostable junk in the garden area and the hoop coop is in the garden. Any thoughts as to what may have happened? Are there any predators that would come out during the day, chase a chicken into a hoop-coop and kill it without noticeable damage to the carcass?