I'm very sad to report that my favorite hen out of my flock of seven, died last night. She was a seven year old silkie hen named Muffin, and she was my baby. She was always such a sweetheart, and so gentle and loving. She loved being held, and used to follow my mom and I around the yard. She got sick this summer, and we found out she had tumors in her intestines. The vet gave us a tube so we could feed her. Muffin got really thin, and often had to come inside at night, but I never minded. I gave her special food, and made her homemade warm oatmeal in the winter. She was a real fighter. She would work her way to the front of the coop in the morning, and snatch bread out of my hands before the young hens could get it. She loved her bread. She was the thinnest, weakest bird in the coop, but she had the strongest will. She tried so hard to make it through the winter. I did everything I could for her, but she was just too old and thin. She felt like nothing but bones. My heart is broken right now. I miss her so much. The only reason I am posting this here, is I am wondering, you don't think she suffered last night, do you? I am also wondering if a weak hen can just die like that. It was pretty cold, but no colder than any night we have had so far. She was outside by herself late last night (in the run), she looked like she couldn't make it to the roost (which is not unlike her, she didn't fly that well.) Our coop is really safe and warm in the winter, though not heated. I found Muffin under a nest box, with a lot of shavings on her. She was huddled up like she was sleeping, and one of her eyes was open a little bit. Her feet were clamped a little. It was so upsetting to see my baby girl like that. She was usually pretty lively, despite her weakness, and loved to "talk" to us, in her little silkie voice. I may post some pictures or a video later. I am still kind of in shock over what happened. I loved her to death, and I was constantly checking on her and making sure she was okay. love you Muffin. R.I.P God Bless you.