Our favorite hen died suddenly this weekend. I went out to close the pop door sun night, and she just didn't seem right. I brought her in and kept her warm, but she wouldn't eat or drink. She was breathing easy and I could find no wounds, but she was very lethargic. I called several vets, but it was nightime and no one would see her. She died during the night after clucking softly to us. My son is heartbroken, this hen did everything with him. She went on walks with us, sat with us, even went out to dinner with us often. (we live on an island, and many places are very casual). The hurtful thing is, no one gives ua any sympathy, they say, oh well, it was just a chicken, or even make jokes. Our grief and pain are real, we really loved our girl. We have other chickens, but right from the start, this hen decided to be part of the family. I miss her so much, and I wish someone understood my sorrow. I d n't know what caused her sudden illness, I could not help her and I hurt so much.