Just found my rooster dead, wondering if its a freak thing or something else i did today that can harm my birds? he is just under a yr old, and had one of his kids hatch this week. he seamed to be doing fine overall, but he is now gone. the weather has been really nice today, and my neighbor i share a yard with had his dogs out, i have a 2 layer a frame coop so the birds can easily get away from predators but the bottom of the coop is enclosed with chicken wire so the birds stay in. my initial response is stress killed the bird from the extra activity of the dogs after them not being out much from the winter. but i would like to know if some of my habits need to change, here are some other things i have done today that i have done in the past with no problems or concerns... i feed my chicken bread - from the local bread store, they will sell a small batch of it for a lower price and they label as as animal feed. i have been using it for a long time now, and other people use it for birds also, i have stopped feeding sweats to my birds but have heard the die in the red zingers will color the inside of an egg feeding chickens table scraps-- have also been doing this for a while, will not feed my birds anything with chicken in it, or any raw meat but when there is hamburger left over, the eggs are huge, in the past have given the birds moldy food, but have not for some time now alwase thought my rooster a bit of a gentleman, he let the girls eat first, and would go after any potential concerns or dangers of the hens. he has a baby hatched and healthy, and a number of eggs in the incubator, what are your thoughts? it is against the city to have roosters where i live, but you tend to get attached, and i did buy him from a feed store as a girl.