All I wanted when I got chickens were top hats. They're funny. I wanted a flock of Phyllis Diller hair wearing silly looking chickens. The first batch of 3 that I got, I lost two in the dog massacre. From the one, I hatched some of the eggs that she laid with an EE sire. One made it, and we called her Tiny because she was just that. I ordered 3 silver laced Polish, 2 Houdans, and 2 Crevecouers from Ideal this fall. One had a slightly crossed beak, and I can't breed her, so she went to a friend. One Houdan started having seizures. The other Houdan just dropped dead for no apparent reason. I have the other Houdan in a carrier in the house, because it's just sitting, lethargic, and generally not thriving. Last night I found Tiny dead- once again, no apparent reason. And to top it all off, i'm missing a polish chick. I have NO idea where she is. I let them out to get some sun yesterday, and now she's gone. So i'm down to one sickly Houdan, one Polish that seems fine, and the Crevecouers. It's not like i got diseased and the whole flock died- they're all totally unrelated things. I'm beginning to think it's an omen that I shouldn't keep crested chickens.