I had an Buff Orpington. For the first year she had a great personality. Then she became broody. I broke her of that twice. Around the same time the brooding started, she didn't regain her feathers on her neck after molting. She also had a bare bottom. I thought she was fine because she was laying and behaving fairly normal although she never completely got back to her sweet personallity she used to have. Then a month ago, I found her dead in the coop. I was really surprised because I had been watching her pretty closely. She had this really cute response when I'd pick her up and pet her. She'd open and close her eyes and make cute gurgling-like sounds. I had just picked her up 2 days before she went off and died and she seemed fine. After she died, I checked her to see if she was egg bound but didn't really know how to tell. It just baffles me. Anyway, what do you think of this sudden death? I keep questioning myself if I could have prevented it or was missing something. I do become a little attached to these birds, especially my Buff. She was the sweetest. She was always the first out of the coop and last in the coop - very spirited and sweet.