Hello all, First time chicken mom here! My girls free range most days and since today was a sunny day, they were let out. My husband came home on his lunch and noticed our beggar chicken was not at the door.. under further investigation, he found her, dead behind our shed (the girls do like to play back there..) with an egg under her wing. There were no puncture or other wounds and only a few feathers around her. She was in the prone (chest down) position and had shown no signs of being egg bound, sick, etc. the weird thing was that her egg was under her right wing, like it was protected, etc.,.. She has only ever layed in her box. My question is, like other animals, is hiding when sick a behavior that's indicative of illness? Of course she was my favorite, certainly the one with the most attitude, and naturally we're concerned that perhaps there's an illness sweeping through. Thank you.