I have had 3 pet hens for about 9 months now. They are in a coop with a 4 x 5 enclosed box that has nesting boxes with hay and the floor has pine shavings, the run they are in is 5 x 10 with a dirt floor. I keep laying pellets in a feeder and change the water as needed. I throw in sunflower seeds and other treats for snacks. So far I have had no problems with the hens but today when I went to check on them one of them was dead in the run. I last checked on them one day ago and all was fine. What could have happend and do I need to worry about some kind of sickness hurting the other hens. Also, my wife will now not even think about eating the eggs because she became very sick this weekend and it just so happend she had been making a cake and used the hen eggs (and was sampling the batter along the way. It was very rainy last night and today, we probably got about three inches and I discovered that when it rains that hard a couple of puddles form in the run. I do not think the hen drowned and it was a very cold winter and they made it through fine so surely it wasn't the weather? Does anyone have any ideas or advice for me? Do we need to worry about the eggs? Also, I know that things happen but I would hate to think that I somehow did not take care of the chicks good enough and I do not want this to happen on a routine basis. Help?