SO, I have read that these birds dont live much past a year? (ugh) I love that big fat bowling ball!! She seems to be keeping right up with the rest of my flock, (Rhode Island Reds and Black Giants). She is heavier on her feet, but completely covers my 1.5 acres all day everyday, runs, (not quite as fast as she used to, but she can move!), and lays everyday. I free range, with one scoop of cracked corn a day. Should I be on the look-out for her doomsday? With summer soon approaching, should I worry about the heat? Any information is appreciated!