Hi everyone, I wonder if you might be able to help. We got our girls about 5 weeks ago, they are coming up to 20 weeks and don't lay yet. We have four - a cuckoo maran, a copper black maran, a rhode and, well, we had a light sussex but we lost her tonight. I didn't notice anything wrong with her until bedtime, and the others had gone up into the roost (they have a triangular shaped ark, with run underneath, and free range most of the day) and she was just sat on the floor in a huddle. I went to see her and she let me lift her so I knew something was up. Her crop felt hard but I don't know how normal this is, as I don't handle them much. I placed her in the nesting end of the roost, for safety tonight, but when I checked half an hour later she was flat out and gone. I could hear her breathing a little bit before she passed away, but she had no discharge or anything, and seemed normal all day...they all went in the shade, as it was very hot here. Come to think of it she was in the run maybe a little separate from the others, but I saw her eating a fair bit and thought she might just be hungry. Could she have died from heat stroke or such? The others seem OK so far. How should I dispose of her - she is in a cardboard box in conservatory at the mo, waiting till I can ring the farmer tomorrow and see what he thinks. Thankyou so much for any thoughts, I am very new to all this.