Our new chickens were 10 weeks old on Sunday. After raising them this far without incident, today we had the first loss. Robin went out to feed the chickens in the “victims pen” and found one of her two favorite poof-headed Golden Polish chicks dead. There was no obvious sign of injury (other than plucked feathers). We were mowing near their pen today, and it might have been killed in the course of the wild mosh-pit hysterics to which they were prone.
Our future egg laying flock just become 42% less cute. 🙁