Any ideas? I had trusted my family to look after my five bantams (various breeds) whilst I was working last week 8am-8pm. Mistake! Found one dead this morning, an empty food trough and dirty water. They had also not been cleaned out for about four weeks and I found lots of red mite. I have treated the hutch, dusted the chickens and given them food and water. Their behaviour is different - they are much tamer than usual, happy to be handled. They are staying very still and quiet, with beaks slightly apart and since eating have started doing a funny twitch kind thing (a bit like gulping, forcing their heads and necks forwards as though struggling to swallow.) Any ideas anyone???