I am so very sad. Today, we had to cull one of our beautiful 1 y/o buff orpington hens. It was just a shocking and odd situation and I was hoping someone here could help us understand what might have happened. Yesterday, she was FINE...fluffy and eating and being wonderful, as usual. Today, she looked like someone spilled oil on her back. Upon closer inspection, we smelled her and realized her body looked rotten and she had pulled out a bunch of her feathers. She was still acting normal, but she was literally covered from head to toe on her back side in maggots! We decided to cull her so we could look more closely and see what in the world was going on. We came up empty-handed. She was literally just alive with maggots! How in the world could this have happened? Can anyone here give us any insight so we can protect the rest of the flock? Our chickens are very clean and well loved. They are 100% free range and we also feed them layer pellets one time a day. They only sleep in their coop and it is kept clean with fresh bedding laid down monthly or so. I did go through and check the skin of some of my other girls (we have 14) and none of them seemed to have the same issue. You should have seen this chicken, though, it was awful!