Hello, I had 5 hens 2 years an maybe 3 months old. They were free ranging all the time until about 3 or 4 weeks ago we had an attack by a redox that took out a mama and 5 of her chicks (I posted about that at that time). So now we have the 5 remaining hens and 2 chicks that are 2 months old. Since then they have been in a smaller run during the day (still "enough" space per guidelines) with a slightly larger run if I was going to be within earshot or have a window open. Then about a week ago started letting them free range again when I'm home in the afternoons and evenings. This was a Rhode Island red. 2 weeks ago today my husband found a lash egg in the coop and so I tried watching to see if I could figure out who it came from. I was suspicious of one hen who I thought was walking a bit weird a few times over the last month or so, but her feet looked fine overtime I inspected them and she seemed okay otherwise and still came out to play etc. This afternoon I went to let them out to free range and found her laying in the bedding of the coop near the door. She was stiff and I didn't see any outright injuries on her. I called my vet and they told me where the necropsies are done for my area which is about 30 minutes away from me. I called them and they said it's free to do the test, but would cost $25 to dispose of her. My question is, if we found a lash egg, is it safe to assume it must have come from her and the others are probably fine? Or is a necropsy still warranted? I don't want to be stupid and not get one if thats needed, but I also don't want to spend money on a dead chicken either. Could I request to pick the chicken back up when they are done to not have to spend the $25 on disposal? Thanks!