What happens if a bird dies in the coop....

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Knock Kneed Hen, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

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    I read about chickens being found dead in the coop all the time and it got me thinking...will they will start eating a dead chicken? I haven't had one die on me yet, but I will be horrified if I find one being eaten by it's cage mates. Please tell me it isn't so so that I can continue pretending that chickens are fluffy, entertaining pets that pay their way and nothing more [​IMG]
     
  2. Amyh

    Amyh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had a few die on me and they never ate it. However, I did remove it within hours of it's death. Not sure what would happen if you left it there for a long time...
     
  3. mulewagon

    mulewagon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it died without bleeding, the others probably wouldn't notice it for a while. They'll go for blood, though, even if the one bleeding is alive.

    But they are cute and fluffy! Immensely cute! Just like tiny, toothless dinosaurs... [​IMG]
     
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Quote:......with sharp beaks....
     
  5. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    Sometimes they pick at 'em and sometimes they don't. I've come across dead birds where the rest have plucked a lot of feathers off, but they generally don't "eat" the carcass.
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I've had a few deaths and the corpse was never disturbed. Could have been there up to 24 hours in one case.
     

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