My favorite chicken died this afternoon. I didn't even realize anything was wrong - as of yesterday she seemed like herself, though she had taken 2 days off laying. She was young, though, and I was told that they could be irregular for the first year or so (though all of ours have been like clocks). I came home and she was crouching next to the coop door, and I thought "that doesn't look good," so I picked her up. She didn't even protest which is very unusual. When I picked her up she started coughing blood, and within minutes she was dead! Any ideas? As far as I can tell she was not egg bound - feeling around her abdomen, I can't feel anything at least.