One of my hens died a couple of days ago. I found her dead just inside the roost door in the morning. She was apparently sick and had been on top of the coop the night before and a friend who was closing up the coop for the night found her, put a blanket on her (because the hen wouldn't let her pick her up) and put her in the roost. I think she was still in the same spot when I found her dead the next morning. She was a young pullet and had been returned to me with three 4 year old Americaunas in June from a farmer who had kept them over the winter ( I live in Wisconsin). One of my other chickens had died and he gave me this one to replace it. It is a long story, I had 2 roosters that I had given him and the deal was that he was going to give me 4 pullets from mating the 3 Americaunas with 2 of the same breed roosters, instead he returned the "original hens". I had two little nieces coming for the 4th of July and they always looked forward to playing with the chickens so I didn't have time to deal with the farmer and the dells! So you can imagine that the 3 did not like the new one in the pack and one in particular was constantly bullying her. When I saw that she was dead I thought that they had pecked her to death. In spite of being so mean to her, cornering her in the coop, chasing her around, pushing her out of the nest box etc, she never appeared to have any missing feathers. She had been laying and was had sat on eggs for several weeks. She did not have any sign of a struggle, missing feathers, blood, or other external injury. I have not had any predators in the yard during the 4 years that I have had the hens. I had never had an animal die before and I was very sad. I didn't know what to do with the body until I contacted a neighbor who had chickens and she told me to bury her. Horrible. I cannot imagine burying my dog. When I went out to close the coop that night the other hens were not in the roost at the normal time. I went back several hours later and still no hens. I panicked and thought that there must be a coyote or some other predator that was killing the birds. I searched the yard, which is all fenced in with chicken wire under the fence to prevent them from getting out from under and other critters from getting in. They were no where to be found and no dead hens or feather either. In the morning they were there pecking in the grass. this has now happened for two more nights. They do go into the coop to get food and water but I don't know if they go in the roost or laying boxes. I found one egg in the yard and other than that no eggs. Has anyone else experienced this type of behavior after a hen has died in the coop/roost?