so the other day my husband went out and 4 buff orps were just lying there dead. they had no evidence of injury or attack. no missing feathers or blood. no sign of illness or disease, just looked like they sat down, and died. you know how a hen sets, they looked like that , with their heads down and floppy and dead. 3 were only 2 years old the other just a pullet who hadnt laid yet. the only thing we noticed prior was a drop in eggs.we had 17 chickens 15 of them hens, and usually got 7 or 8 eggs a day between they laying hens, all buff orps, the rest are light brahma pullets and 2 other buff orp pullets. so it seemed like a few stopped laying a week or so before this happened when we were only getting 4 or 5 a day. any ideas on what could have hjappened? too hot? it was 100 or more, but they have water and shade. on the bottom of the pecking order? that doesnt seem likely. im stumped.