I went outside today and noticed my bantam cochin frizzle roo was dead. He was in the corner of the nesting area, on his side. I noticed he had been a little lethargic two days ago and gave him antibiotic injections. There is no sign of a predator (they are in a pen with metal sides anyway). And while I do have one chick that has a respiratory infection, the dead roo has no sign of an illness other than being lethargic. He was purchased from someone way back in March, but he was already full grown. I was told he has his marek's vaccine, and he didn't show any signs of paralysis, lesions, etc. But then when I picked his body up and looked at him, I noticed he didn't only have an empty crop, it was practically non-existant! And he was INCREDIBLY thin! He's always been hard to catch, and as a frizzle it was hard to monitor his weight by looking at him. But now that I can feel him, touch him, and move the feathers away, I'm pretty sure he died of starvation! But he has always tried to eat when I feed the chickens. I always spread the feed out so even the younger chicks can get it, and give them MORE than enough (I always see bulging crops, with LOTS of excess on the ground). So I know it's not a matter of me not feeding them. But I do notice that the other chickens move around a lot when eating, and tend to chase him off a lot. When it's not feeding time, he's usually up high where he can't be chased. I know he's the bottom of the pecking order, so the chasing has never been a surprise. But I did always assume he got enough. Now I'm not so sure! Could the other chickens actually have forced this little guy to starve to death? He was a bantam, and he was in a mixed pen with both bantam and large fowl. But he was also the newest roo of the group, and never really "accepted" by the others (he came in trying to raise hell, and quickly fell down in pecking order). Could they have starved him?