Sadly, our favorite hen, Birda, passed away yesterday. She was an Australorpe. We suspect one of the kids may have squeezed her over the weekend and she died of a prolapsed vent. It was incredibly heartbreaking. We're just not sure if this is what exactly happened, but she did have a prolapsed vent upon inspection. She had laid an egg the day before. It all happened within several hours. She was the most sweetest, sociable, funny little hen I've ever met, which is why she was a good candidate for the children to pet. We felt so helpless and frustrated as we watched her pass. If it wasn't after hours we would have taken her to the vet and maybe she would still be here. Maybe we could have done something ourselves, but we were afraid to poke and prod her! So here I am, ready for any help I can get and to share my experiences. My goal is to become a more repsonsible caretaker and hopefully gain the knowledge to step up and help my little feather friends to the best of my ability when they need me. We gathered a few of her eggs and have decided to incubate them and hopefully her offspring will be as wonderful as she was. Birda, we love and miss you so.