I lost my 11 month old Easter Eggers, Trixie, today to either sour crop or egg-binding, I think. She'd been sick for 2 days and though I tried everything I could find online, nothing seemed to help. The problem is that Trixie seemed to be the "bedtime" leader. I'm not sure if she was the top of the pecking order, but she was always the first in line for whatever was going on. She was usually the first to lay an egg on any given day, the first to follow me or my son, and the first to bed at night. Because of that, none of the others seem to have any idea how to put themselves to bed anymore!!! 3 nights in a row, I've had to put them in their coop, and then they keep coming back out! And all 3 nights, they've been roosting out in the open IN THE RAIN!! So I put them in the coop, soaking wet, and they just come right back out. The only thing that keeps them in is to put them on the high roost in the coop, which they've never used until now. I love my girls and I'm sad that Trixie is gone, but I feel a lot less guilty about eating chicken now that I realize just how pea-brained these creatures actually are!! I hope they figure out this bedtime thing soon. It took about 3 days when they were 7 weeks old. Something tells me that it will take longer now that they are 11 months old.