We have 11 laying hens. i unfortuntately found one of our wyndotts dead in the coop 2 days ago. it was close to dark when i found her and it was soft soil so i buried her quickly where she lay. today i went out to find that she had been dug up! I couldnt quite believe it and again, being in a hurry and getting ready for company I quickly reburied the bird under a good bit of soil. 2 hours later I went outside to find the decomposing bird dug up again - this time 2 of my hens were around the decomposing bird, picking and pecking at her. I thought a cat had gotten in the coop but it was actually my hens who were digging her up! the dead chicken was decomposing smelly and filled with maggots. I took a shovel and buried her good outside the coop. i feel so stupid. i had no idea the birds would do this. Now I am afraid my flock might get sick. my friend told me a story that if a chicken eats a dead bird like this = i have to kill the flock. is this true? we have 11 hens. one is my daughters pet. it will be horrible if i have to do this. can someone shed some light here.