Or got the runs from a new food or had a personal sensitivity to it. There are so many possibilities. I personally don't think that it would have had anything to do with what happened with Kiki, but I've done the same just to "be sure".
A couple more days and hopefully the paranoia will wear off.
Yes, it does. That horrible "oh what if it's a horrible disease or they've all been poisoned" feeling passes when the others continue on healthy and happy. The hard part with birds is that they DO just "drop dead" like that. I suppose it would be easier to deal with the death of a chookie if you've been keeping chickens for a long time, I'm not sure about that, each little girl is special, I'm not looking forward to losing any of mine when their time comes.... :( I wish I was more of a "farm person" and less of a soppy wimp. I know from being older and having had to go through it with several pets over the years, that the loss of dogs and cats has become less devastating than when my first and only cat died. It doesn't get easier, but it is less hard. (if that makes any sense).
I was coming inside yesterday and thought of Kiki and felt really sad about her sudden departure. It's funny how we can become "friends" with other chickens online that we've never met and feel sad or concerned about them, along with our own.
None of those feeds in the picture are available locally where I am (at least I've never clapped eyes on them).