hens pecking decomposing bird

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mammas, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. mammas

    mammas New Egg

    Aug 7, 2011
    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.
  2. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    Chickens are carnivores. [​IMG] And I've never heard of anyone saying you had to kill your flock because they ate something dead!! I would keep and eye on them but I don't think you have anything to worry about!!
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2011
  3. mammas

    mammas New Egg

    Aug 7, 2011
    thank you for your reply and I sure hope your right! The Randall Berkey company is literally right round the corner from us. I am goign to try to go and talk with mr. Berkey Monday am too.
  4. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    Normal behavior. I'm sure their little chicky DNA tells them, "when you smell decomp, there are maggots, YUMMY!"

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