We had to cull our 10 month old buff brahma last week. I thought she had a prolapsed vent and was egg bound... but I'm having my doubts because I just found a 2nd hen dead in the yard. This second one was an 11 month old Amber Star, no previous medical issues. Upon examining her body--- her bottom is bloody, but there are no other signs of trauma or prolapse. Her head was also bloody-- but not from injury--- I think she was pecking at herself (something that the brahma had been doing, too). She had been laying regularly without a problem at all and was acting just fine this morning. Her body was still warm, so she must have died this afternoon/evening. What is going on? Could this be some infection? Perhaps not related to reproduction, but GI? Are my other hens at risk? All poops look normal. They've all been eating normal feed/scratch and shell and digging in the compost for worms. I feel like a failed chicken keeper--- and this is NOT what I wanted to encounter on my BIRTHDAY NIGHT! PLEASE HELP. I don't want to loose any more. EDIT: we just found an incredibly bloody egg in the yard--- egg is intact, not larger than usual. Just covered in blood.