We got our first chickens this spring. Everything was great--chickens were healthy, they laid awesome, etc, etc. We also had chicks. We kept them separate from the chickens and intro'd them and it went great! Then they stopped laying (the chickens). The pullets just started laying. The hens lost feathers around their butts and they have "stuff" hanging out. Now one of the pullets does too. Then yesterday, one of the healthier looking chicks dropped dead. They act healthy to me--they're eating and ranging and seem fine. I treated for lice b/c I did notice that on them when I examined them, but I didn't notice a bunch of eggs or anything. I'm just sick of things going wrong for us. Nothing has been easy at all wrt our livestock.