I few weeks ago I adopted a small flock of Muscovies from a nice older lady, she never did tell me how old they were, but they were all obviously mature birds. The black hens were laying when i got them but the rest were heavy in molt. They were/are all very wild and were never handled, i never had help to clip wings so they have just kind of run amuk since they got home after i felt okay with opening the coop (after they were locked in a few days). some girls sleep on the roof, others on the fence, etc. I lost a couple girls, i assume to predators because they refused to go in the pen at night. I rehomed the 2 drakes So i was finally down to 2 Black hens & 3 Chocolate Hens. In the last week, maybe longer, a couple of the Chocolate hens have gotten much more comfortable here, with people around the yard and the dogs and stuff. i was very happy they were settling in and was really considering keeping the ones that settled in well and ended up being kinda friendly. 1 hen walks around with my drake Sidney, gets treats from me..from a "safe" distance anyway, lol. and the other has been resting a lot lately, near the flower bed..kinda the main walk way for everyone. It's a nice, shady spot under a Maple tree by a small Azaela, i guess a safe feeling spot. she has also been resting/sun bathing out in the yard too and sleeps just outside the pen at night. I got up this morning and looked out the kitchen window to see her in her "regular" spot but obviously something was not right. very akward position and i hit the window a couple times and she didn't move.. i knew it when she didn't move so i went out and picked her up. She was stiff but a little stretched out(?) almost like her body just 'released' there at the end. her caruncles looked purple but it was not cold last night, my fluffy babies sleep with the adults now and theyre all fine. Anyway, i wont talk about how she looked anymore, it was very sad. Obviously no predators got her, we have no snakes. do you think it was just old age? She will be burried as soon as we get back (i have an appt this morning). thank you guys.