I am new at chickens. Justa started in May of 2009. I got 5 chicks then & another 7 in Aug. one of my chicks from Aug. I just found dead in the coop about 2 hrs ago. She was fine this morn. I was checking for eggs and she was laid 1/2 in & 1/2 out of a nest box & there was another hen in the box on a fw eggs. I went to move " Boots" (4 yr old grand girl named her that ) & she didn't feel right & then I knew she was dead. I moved the other hen off the nest & took the eggs. Then removed " Boots". There was no sign of anything on the bird as I could see. They have a huge area to roam, I give them fresh veggies & fruit, breads, cracked corn , their layer pellets. fresh water. I run a red heat light ( so it's not to blinding ) , as I live in NH. What would cause a chicken to suddenly just die ?? I am so upset over this. I love my chickens so much. Hubby told me to chill " it's just a chicken " But I don't feel that way. Can someone give me an answer ??? Hubby won't let me pay for the vet to an autopsy .