I have had two hens die in the last couple of weeks who seemed perfectly fine before they went to bed or after they got up. When I went to check on them in the morning and the other in the evening, they were dead. I was not able to bring myself to cutting the first one open to see if it had straw in it's throat or further down. I know they can sometimes eat it and die. Last week I saw them pecking at the straw for something. The second hen died some time last night. Either I will cut her open or the neighbor will so I can see if this is the problem. Has anyone else had problems like this? Does it happen often? If I don't find a lot of straw inside her, I will assume she died of some thing else. Any ideas?