Over the last few week we have noticed that our rooster, Colonel, was slowing down, having a hard time walking and stopped crowing. A few days ago my husband went out to lock the coop door for the night and Colonel was out side, and covered in a little bit of snow. He came in and got me and we said our good byes and placed him inside the coop. The next morning when I went out to unlock the door and let out the birds, Colonel was gone. It was a sad day. He was just over 5 and 1/2 years old and served the flock well. He will be missed forever. The avatar I have up was Colonel when he was about a year old. He was heavier and beautiful at his old age. I hope there is a heaven for chickens because he deserves to be there!