We got hens last summer, and have had our first fatality. Any insight appreciated! Chickie-sitter reports that Ladybird went to roost early the night before. In the morning, Ladybird was in a laying box, head and wing hanging out. She was drooling. Sitter tried to offer water; Ladybird died around noon. No poison is around, she showed no signs of illness before the early roost, no visible injury to her body. There are rattlesnakes but we haven't seen any on our property and it is a bit early for snakes. Questions: Any ideas as to what might have caused this? Other than cleaning the coop, anything else to do to protect remaining hens? Should I discard eggs that might be this hen's?