When chickens die

Mother Hen and her chicks spending time with a sick rooster.

Mother Hen and her chicks spending time with a sick rooster. - Credit: Archant

What happens when a chicken dies? How does the flock react? The answers may surprise you...

What happens when a chicken dies? How does the flock react? And how do YOU react? Chickens behave in a remarkable way when one of the flock is about to die. An ailing rooster is likely to have a hen sitting with him at all times to comfort him. They birds may later linger at his grave. Find out more in a special feature by Julie Moore in our March issue of Your Chickens, on sale from February 18. www.buyamag.co.uk www.subscriptionsave.co.uk

Photo: a dying cockerel is comforted by other members of the flock

By Julie Moore