These silkies are my first set of chickens and apparently she died of Coccidiosis from the wild birds that come into the yard. I've learned to treat the water and dust with DE in the coops and on the chickens for mites. I only wish I'd have known before hand ;(
Well, I've been treating my little rooster now and he seems healthy cuz of the water treatment but has mites, man they are hard to get rid of! I've been dusting weekly with DE, cleaning and sterilizing the coop every weekend, and tried to cuddle with him today but found 3 on me still, sheesh!