Well, today we found one of our hens dead in the coop. It was such a shock and so sad as well. After reading a bit on here(trying to figure where to put this thread), I suspect she was egg-bound perhaps and I just never knew it. I say this because one of the hens had been putting its tail down(I suspect it was the dead one we found today), but sometimes it would be up. However, yesterday it didn't put its tail up very much and I thought maybe it was just cold(not knowing a chicken could get 'bound' and the symptoms). She had bright eyes and was alert and as active a the chickens normally are. The coop is cleaned completely every week, they have good feed that is dry, they have fresh clean water daily, there really were no other symptoms of any illness. In any case, we are now down to 4, and the flock just doesn't seem complete any more. I'm really very sad about it. But I do also understand that these things do happen, and will happen no doubt again. But I hope it won't happen again for a long long time!!! Thanks for letting me share a sad moment in my journey of living with chickens.