Not an emergency, just wanted to share... I was traveling on business last week, waiting in Philly for a connecting flight home to MN when I got a call from DW - She found one of our Buff Orp girls dead on the litter floor. Poor DW is a little skittish about touching dead birds; can't blame her. But I did convince her to put on some old gloves and take the dead hen out of the coop - I was afraid it was causing trauma for the rest of the flock. I got home really late Friday night and checked the dead bird - I looks like she died trying to lay an egg - It was extended out of her oviduct with a bloody membrane around it. For future knowledge, does this sound like a prolapsed vent or impacted oviduct? Just an FYI, this hen just started laying about a week or so prior. I feel terrible, as I was not home to notice and prevent this. DW was checking and feeding them every day, but I guess I don't expect her to really notice these things. Oh well, I'm going to look at it as a learning experience. The rest of the flock looks greqt, and egg production is really kicking in. .