Rosie is dead! Our 18 month old RIR acted a little lethargic but ate and drank and roosted with her 5 flockmates for the last week. This afternoon we returned from town to find her lying in the dirt. She was still alive so we wrapped her in a towel and took her inside. I was holding her while stirring some electrolytes into water and she gasped twice and died. I'm heartbroken. Rosie was at the bottom of the pecking order and spent a lot of her time running from the other hens. But she was one of our favorites. She was the first in our laps and the only one who let our granddaughters reach down and pick her up. After examining her, I found the same yellow discharge from her vent that we found on our BO when an egg broke inside her. We treated the BO see http://www.backyardhencam.com/raising-chickens/daisy-is-ill-egg-broke-inside-her/ and she survived. If only I had known what the problem with Rosie was. We just assumed she was beginning a molt. I feel terrible. I know there is nothing anyone out there can do now but I knew some of you would understand my sense of sadness and yes, guilt.