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When chickens die

PUBLISHED: 17:45 11 February 2015 | UPDATED: 17:45 11 February 2015

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

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

Julie Moore

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

By Julie Moore

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