Life gives, and life takes away. It was a tough summer for the two older hens at our place, and my happiness about raising a large flock was short-lived. On June 7, beautiful Helen (Frankenthaler) (l) died of unknown causes. On August 11, beautiful Jane (Eyre) (r) died from complications of being “egg bound” (an egg that cannot be laid and cannot be removed from the body). Helen was a sweet “mother hen” type. Jane was stately and dignified. I miss their unique presence in the chicken yard!