My neighbor is a good friend of mine. She has a broody due to hatch out this weekend. She has her separated from the other hens in a crate in the coop. Her food and water are in the crate also, but my neighbor lets her out every day to stretch and dust bath. Two days ago she let her out and forgot to check on her till the evening. She found her in her crate on the nest, but with eggs all over the ground. She had twice as many eggs in the crate. The weird thing was that most of the eggs she was sitting on now where not the ones due to hatch - the ones due to hatch were on the ground. My neighbor quickly candled all of the eggs and put the correct one's back under her. I only tell you this story because maybe it has something to do with what happened yesterday. Yesterday, she let her out again, but came to put her back in the crate after only an hour. She found a dead hen a few feet from the crate and a dead hen sitting on the nest. The weird part is that neither dead hen was the broody - she fine, patiently waiting out side of the crate so she could sit back on her eggs. There was no blood or any signs of struggle with the two dead hens. My neighbor thinks maybe it was the heat. We live in AZ and it was 110 degrees. Still there was plenty of water, lots of shade and they were all fine an hour before. What do you all think?