We have had 3 bantam roosters for over a year now. My brother gave us 2 tiny bantam hens this spring to go with our roosters. We are so proud of our bantams. They are sweet, little, beautiful, pet chickens! I came home yesterday to a tragedy...I found one of the bantam hens lying out of the coop, in the middle of the run, face down, dead. My first thought was she froze to death as the temperatures have been in the teens here over night and in the 30's in the daytime. I then realized this cannot be the case as we have a nice coop, full of straw and all the other bantams to keep her warm. When my brother had her she did not have NEAR the luxuries and housing that she has here with me, and she survived a BITTER cold winter sometimes below zero temperatures with him. My second thought...something killed her. But no sign of loose feathers or any kind of break-in to my coop or run. She is just dead. And I don't know why. Her sister seemed to be in mourning, if that is possible. She was real "sad", moving slowly and sitting by herself. She did eat some cracked corn, but then went back to being all pitiful acting and sitting huddled up in the corner of the run and closing her eyes. I burried the dead hen, and got some extra pine chips to add over top of the straw in the cool, due to fear of the cold nights. I filled my coop with pine needles and got my only little bantam hen and held her for a bit. I then put her in the coop, covered her good down in the pine chips so she should be good and warm for the oncoming night, making sure not to cover her head, of course. I put my little roosters in with her so they knew where she is, as they are VERY protective of their little hens! It is early morning now, I just went outside to my coop to check on my flock, and my last little hen is inside the coop, up out of her shavings, and face down, dead. Just like her sister yesterday, only inside of the coop. I don't understand what happened. Short of them living in my house and sleeping in my bed with me, my chickens could not have it any better than they do! I take pride in them as they are my prized possessions, and so I take such good care of them. They are my pets. Why did my hens die?? P.s. I do have 3 rhode island reds in the same coop/run, but they NEVER fight. They are all so sweet and get along wonderfully. Just want to establish ALL information. Please help! I now have no bantam hens and don't understand what is going on!!