I went out to the coop yesterday to take care of the chickens and one of them was dead. I can’t really figure out how it died. It does look like trauma of some sort. There are feathers all over the place and the carcass was pretty mangled. But, I can’t find a hole anywhere in the fencing or a hole that something dug under the fencing. The carcass wasn’t eaten either, it was just kind of chewed up. It’s possible that the other chicken killed it, but it doesn’t have that appearance, although I have no experience with dead chickens.
It’s kind of a strange feeling. I’m a lot sadder about this dead chicken than I expected to be. I’m not really sure why. I guess because in some way it seems like a failure on my part by not taking care of them somehow. This really throws up the question of what to do with the other chicken. I’ve read that you shouldn’t have just one of them, but I don’t really want to give it away. I guess I’ll have to make plans to pick up a couple more this next spring.
Wish I knew which chicken it was. Either Poke or Brownie. Gotta tell the boys sometime still. I have a feeling they will be upset.