When I went to let the chickens out this morning, my rooster was dead! Dead dead, as in stiff and cold dead. I wonder why he died? The only thing that I noticed different, and I'm not sure if it was really different was that yesterday, the hens were pecking the ground and he was laying down. (Sitting?) But I have seen them all do that at one time or another. Last night when I did the final animal check and closed up all the doors, I noticed that the rooster was again laying away from the hens, but again, I have seen them all, at one time or another not cuddled up with the group.
I checked his body out. I could not see any wounds, or damage, just a dead chicken. Maybe he was old? I had them for about a month now and they all seemed to be healthy, active chickens.
Which bring me to tell you that I'm going to another small animal swap on Saturday. I guess besides looking for more hens I will now also be looking for a rooster.
16 hours ago