@NewlyHatchedEgg thank you for your sentiment. I'm sorry to hear about Uncle Sam too. I know I treat my chickens more like pets too, but my kids and even my husband have started to really warm up to the idea. I'm still not sure if I had the collar too tight on Danny, he seemed fine up until I found him dead. I think another possibility is a neighbor tired of the crowing (I couldn't get the collar to work most of the time) may have quieted him for good, but that's just an assumption and I try not to go there in my mind. Still I have added a lock to the coop door.