In the past month we have lost two birds, one bird was approx. 1 1/2 she was always super healthy and one of our top birds, we were on vacation and our friends said she was fine in the morning, they came home and she was dead in the coop, our second bird we hatched ourselves and was maybe 6-8 months old, I noticed her acting funny on Tuesday, and by funny i mean that normally she would run from me to pick her up, but she just stood there by herself on the side of the house and let me hold her. Come Wednesday I found her also dead in the coop. Today I went to grab one of our birds out of the coop because she is broody and a small brown spider was crawling on me, i instantly killed it out of instinct but then I started looking around and noticed that there are some small webs in the coop. Could it be that my birds are getting bit by spiders and this is what is killing them? -Its not the heat, they have a substantial about of water and food everywhere, and get fresh greens everyday -Our older bird never showed any signs of sickness, no sneezing, not eating or separating herself from the flock, she was fine, we orignall thought that she possibly fell off the roosting bar just right and broke her neck but now I dont know. -The younger bird was completely fine up until about a day before she passed away, she was always super healthy, she was sneezing but I highly doubt a respiratory infection took her that soon. -If this is spiders, what can I do to protect my birds? I was thinking of cleaning it extremely well, pulling out all of the straw and investigating it, cleaning out the nesting boxes, (we just recently put new one's in, maybe this is where they are??) I know chickens are hearty to venom stings from scorpions but spiders? What should I be cleaning the coop out with? Should I just dust the whole place with seven dust? I cant loose another bird this whole expierance of loosing them has been taking a toll on me Any help would be so much appreciated!!