I am a school teacher and I hatched chicks in my classroom. Got the eggs from a local backyard enthusiast so the breeds were mixed. I kept six of the babies myself and obtained the necessary urban chicken permits... all was fine until the crowing began and three of the flock had to move to a friend's farm. This morning I had three sweet pets who have been laying eggs for about 10 days. My husband went home at lunch and sent me a message that one of my bantams passed away. Her name was Drumstix and she happened to lay an egg three days ago that did not have a shell. He checked her out thoroughly to make sure nothing had gotten in the pen, and all he noticed was that her back end looked red and raw. So, I am sadly down to 2 chickens, a beautiful large hen that looks alot like a gold laced Wyandotte and the other a tan Auracana bantam... but like I said, they're all somewhat mixed. Has anyone ever had a chicken pass away from what appears to be "birthing" complications? I am so new to this, that I don't even know what would cause a five month old hen to die. They always have plenty of feed and water as well as clean bedding.