Hi from the beautiful high country of NC!!! I have had my girls, from chicks, since April 2009. They are much more pets than anything else. I have 1 RIR, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 3 Plymouth Barred Rocks. These girls are incredibly pampered and I'm not sure they even know they are chickens!!! Unfortunately, one of my girls died yesterday....without signs or warning. Of course, now I am scared to death there is something going on with them all. They look healthy and fine, although another of the Plymouth Barred rocks as a droopy, pale looking comb this morning...and that's new. Nothing has changed to my knowledge. Any comments would be very appreciated.