This is Mary Virginia, my oldest and dearest hen who died quite suddenly yesterday afternoon. She was out and about with the flock in the am and early afternoon. I found her in the pen about an hour after I locked them up for the night. On the one hand, I am grateful that she wasn't ill (at least didn't appear to be) wasn't hurt and wasn't pecked on....She was 8 years old and my only EE. We are all missing her terribly. I will miss her sweet disposition and her courage to get up in the morning and participate all day long. She was such a wonderful hen.....dear Mary Virginia.