I posted last week about a silkie hen that acted lethargic and possible egg bound, but I guess my thoughts were wrong.(I lost her anyway, even with trying to treat her.) I have been checking the rest of the flock for similar illness and now one of the cockerel silkies(6 months old) has the same beginning signs. Here's the information again, mixed flock of polish, silkies, showgirls. The first sign that something is wrong is the chicken will have a slightly drooped tail and walk sort of crouched down like the legs have been injured. A slow shuffle that is slightly tipsy. (almost looks like a hen submitting stance). They continue to eat and drink, but just fade away in about a week to 10 days. No nasal or eye discharge, no raspy breathing. Feathers look healthy, no mites. Pine shavings bedding, oyster shell, large attached run that they used during the day. Cooped at night. Egg maker crumble in the big feeder, grower crumble in a lower feeder for the younger ones, and they do seem to eat out of it, instead of the big bird feed. Occasional veggies. Droppings like normal, except maybe slightly more watery. The first hen (1 1/2 Years old)continued to eat like she was starved. I gave her scrambled egg, yogurt, vitamins, but in the end had to break her feed down into mash for her to be able to eat it. Her crop started to not empty completely over night, but I think that was a secondary problem to whatever this illness is. Please any thoughts that you have would be appreciated. I have no clue what this is that I am dealing with. We had a very wet summer until about 5 weeks ago, but my pen and coop stayed very usable.