Found our Maran Roo Dead this morning - with broken neck?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by dugswife, May 21, 2011.

  1. dugswife

    dugswife New Egg

    May 21, 2011
    Hi all - I've been a reader for a bout a year now - this is my first post. We went to let the chickens out this morning and found our prize roo dead. He was laying on the ground beneath his perch with what appears to be a broken neck. No blood or mauling evident. We can't figure out what happened.

    We saw an opossum in the coop about a week ago devouring eggs and wonder if he would be the culprit? We found a spot we are guessing he squeezed in (although wow what a squeeze!) and hadn't yet repaired it - that was slated for tomorrow. But haven't been missing eggs this week so didn't think he had been back...

    Our Roo was a big beautiful boy about 1.5 years old.
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I'm so sorry. I wonder if the possum's noise startled the roo and he fell. I suppose he could also have had something like a heart attack and died on the roost, breaking his neck in the fall.
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Something probably startled him and he flew into the wall at full speed. It happens more often than you would think.

    Sorry for your loss.

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