Originally Posted by Bogtown Chick
She might have had an underlying condition. Or just a failure to thrive -- genetically not strong to handle the stress of a molt. Sometimes I think the hatchery stock has these issues. Sorry to hear that kloppers. Crazy.
She was hatchery stock and 2 years old. Not ancient by chicken standards but as a production strain I know they don't breed for longevity. She was all feathers and bones at the end. We had just introduced a few new birds to the flock around then too so maybe some stress issues or jockeying for feeder spots.
Losing the occasional bird is part of chicken keeping but still sad.