This morning I went out to let my girls out (28 hens and 3 roos) and when I went into the coop I found my dominique pullet (hatched in July 2010) laying dead next to the chicken door. She had no visible signs of anything being wrong. I haven't been able to check her over very well since I was on my way to work... I took her out of the coop and put her body in a bucket to take a look at later when I get home. This is my first death in my flock and I thought everything was going so well. Now that I think about it I did notice on Monday one of the girls with a drooping tail and I thought to myself I hope it's nothing... and now that I try to think back I do believe it was this girl. At the time I didn't give it much thought because when I noticed the drooping tail she was still acting fine otherwise. Gosh, I wish I could remember positively if it was this one or not but I am about 80% sure it was. I'm considering having my husband do an autopsy on her this evening to try to determine what the problem could've been that caused her death. My main concern is that it could be something that may affect the rest of my flock. Does anyone have any suggestions of what he/we should look for in doing this autopsy or what may have happened to this girl? I'm just at a loss and so sad that my Monique is gone... she was such a sweetheart. Thanks for any suggestions or things that may have caused just a random death.