I haven't posted on here for forever. But this seems to be a turning point for my chickens. I have six hens that I have had for eight and nine years and they are pretty much pets. Up to now I have had a few egg-binding incidences, bumblefoot, but hadn't lost a chicken. Of course they are not laying great anymore--some maybe once a week. My best layer is actually one of the older ones (a gold-laced Wyandotte). At the New Year, I noticed that one was not feeling well (Delilah). When I got a better look at her, she had a large abscess on her leg, I feel terrible I didn't notice her before, but I've been somewhat ill recently. After going over the options and seeing her prognosis, I decided to have a neighbor butcher her. Now another one is not doing well (Jackie O). I've looked her over and can't really see any issues, other than poopy butt which she is always prone to. It's winter so she isn't haven't egg-related problems. I've decided to leave her in the coop with her buddies rather than try heroics to bring her back. She's not eating much at this point, so she'll probably die soon. Is this kind of what to expect as they get older? The others look fine, but should I be worried about them? How did your chickens pass away? It's tough.