Hi there, It looks like one of my hens has got egg yolk peritonitis-this will be the fourth one I have lost since I first got hens 2.5yrs ago. I'm not sure what the first one died of, but the last two were definitely egg yolk peritonitis and I think this one is too. Is it usual to lose this many to that? They are all hybrid hens, and my vet says he sees loads with this. I just need to know I'm not doing anything wrong. They get layers pellets, grit, free range, well looked after, so why does this keep happening? They are just under 3yrs old now and chickens are supposed to live 5 years at least aren't they? How many would you expect to lose in 2.5 yrs- I started off with 6, when this one invariably dies I'll have only 2 of my original hens left! This one sick hen hasn't laid an egg in months, but was fine otherwise, another of my hens doesn't seem to lay now either. The sick one was eating fine, and seemed ok except she just didn't want to perch with the others anymore. But now she is definitely ill. I really feel like giving up with chickens, I think after they've all gone I won't get any more. I hate seeing them get this problem, it doesn't matter to me if they lay or not I just don't want them to get egg peritonitis!