Olive Oyl became the first of my flock to kick the bucket. I noticed the other night that she wasn’t in the coop, but she was lying in the pen below the coop. I shined a light on her and I could tell she was alive. I thought maybe she was clucking or just in a mood. Yesterday I found her dead in the pen. She was a Rhode Island red that looked similar to this one: Now I have 3 left. We got her in a trade with my neighbor. We needed two hens and we gave him a rooster. We raised the other two hens from chicks. This all began in the spring of 2012, and we had great egg production for about 4-5 years. The last egg was laid this spring, and when I picked it up, it felt like rubber. So my girls are pets now, and from what I have read, their life expectancy is 7-8 years. I suspect that the others don’t have much longer. Oh well, it has been quite an experience. I don’t know if we will get new chickens or not.