we had a buff orpington that died suddenly (heat maybe? we live in southern california) and a friend had thiers die too. (don't know how) are they not long living? (i mean, bad luck and that because ours was like a year and the other was like still inside maybe) or are they prone to sickness? heat? they are definetly fluffy and iv'e seen pics of them in snow. when our other 4 get old land stop laying, we may get a new one, i like the breed. also, we have a dirt lot behind our fence with cyotes and hawks/falcons fly over. we've never had any problems with it before but will the bright yellow be a problem? thx!!!