I posted yesterday that one of our hens died. She was crouching when I came home, I picked her up, and she began to cough blood and died in my arms. No idea of the cause. It was recommended that I take the chicken into an extension service and have it necropsied but I wasn't able to do that. Being a veterinary technician, I decided to do the necropsy myself, but not having seen the innards of many chickens, it's difficult to know what I'm looking at. I don't work for agricultural vets. The only thing I saw that looked abnormal was the crop contents, but the problem is that I actually don't know if it's abnormal or not. Contents: pieces of glass that are rounded and look like beach glass several 1/8" beads general gritty stuff 2 folded staples (sharp sides in) Now, it wouldn't surprise me, I suppose, if one of these was the culprit - she was the most curious of our chickens and I wonder if she didn't get into something the others would simply have ignored or stayed away from. So far, they look perfectly healthy and are laying like clockwork (we had three hens and now have two). But I don't know what normal crop contents are or how tough the chickies are in response to that stuff. At no point did the crop look distended while she was alive or after she died. Furthermore, she died coughing blood, and her trachea and lungs at least look normal. There was nothing in the stomach and very little in the intestines. No developed eggs present. She hadn't laid for 3-4 days before she died, but didn't seem egg bound and in fact was acting relatively normal. I didn't notice her looking a little droopy until Saturday night - she died Sunday afternoon. So...I'm thinking it's something like this, or something I don't know is abnormal because I haven't seen the insides of many chickens, or a pathogen. Ideas?