We had two very, very odd things happen and I wondered if anyone else had anything similar! Hubby gave me 6 baby chicks (Wyndottes) and 6 baby ducklings (mallards) for my birthday. We've been keeping them together, away from the 7 full grown hens, and all 12 babies were doing fine, I thought. Yesterday morning, when I went out to let the big girls out and move the babies from their inside pen to their outside pen for the day, two strange things: 1. an itty bitty egg in their contained pen in the coop. No way a big girl got in there. These chicks/ducks are only 5 weeks old. 2. a dead Wyndotte. Any ideas about either? There shouldn't be any way a 5 week old (chick or duck!) could lay an egg - should there?? Would a mouse/rat kill a chicken in the barn? Would the other chickens kill her? Could she have just up and died? Did laying the egg kill her in childbirth (my daughter's suggestion)? Very curious!