We have been raising chickens/roosters for about eight years now. Pretty much by-guess-and-by-golly. We've always had great success until this year. We had three roosters from last years flock. We culled out two last year. The butcher said they were extremely healthy. This winter our rooster died. None of the chickens did. It was a hard winter, so we buried him and looked on Craigslist for another. We got one last month. A beautiful, healthy rooster, named Tom Cruise. A couple days ago, my daughter said that Tom's tail feathers were dragging. The next morning he was dead. Again, none of the hens, just the rooster. He still looked healthy, except that his tail had started drooping. I'd love to get another rooster, but I don't know what's killing them, so I hesitate. It's been a tough winter, here in Washington State. They haven't been out of the coop area much, even though they can. There hasn't been much ground to root around in, so we were wondering whether it was as simple as not having enough gravel in their craw (sp?) Any ideas?