I've been a chicken owner for a little over 18 months now. My new babies this year came home with me healthy and thriving from day one. Pepper fell ill Friday with a bound egg, turned out to be a lash egg. She was only 23 weeks old. I did everything I could do, consulted the great people of BYC for advice and words of encouragement. I came to the very hard decision to cull her. My wonderful friend and husband came to help me humanely put her down and bury her for me. I couldn't have done it without them. Pepper will be sorely missed!! She sure did have a personality on her. My little spit fire. She's on the far left here.