I found my favorite hen, Matilda, dead on the shelf in the coop this morning. I'm devastated over this- but I'm also concerned for the rest of my flock. I checked her over before I buried her and didnt find anything- no parasites, she was well fleshed, no injuries, nothing. It looks like she just died in her sleep and landed on the shelf that covers the food bucket. She was a month shy of her 1st birthday- so it wasnt old age. She hadnt had any obvious health problems and was completely fine yesterday. The only explanation I can come up with is that it has been unseasonably hot the last couple of days. Could that be it? The temps went from the mid 50's/low 60's (over the weekend) to 85 on Monday and 74 yesterday. They were all panting and had droopy wings on Monday, so I let them free range all day both days and made sure they had plenty of water all over the yard. (the panting/droopy wings stopped when they got out into the yard) Maybe she didnt drink enough?? I dont know... I cant think of anything out there that she could have gotten into (chemicals), she hadnt been exposed to anything new, the rest of the flock is fine, and I'm not seeing any signs of distress in any of them. Thoughts? My poor lil grumpy diva mama chicken... I loved her so much. Rest in Peace, Matilda. You were a good girl who laid the prettiest olive green eggs and guarded your babies viciously. You're gonna be missed horribly.