We are inexperienced and put 2 new banties with our flock. We had taken our others off chickfeed and had started them on layer pellets. Didnt know banties couldnt eat pellets. I feel like dog poo. My wife has been crying for about an hour. She got attached to them in just a few days. Next time i make any changes i will check and do some research here first. But i did learn some lessons and it probably saved our two silkies. I didnt know they need crumbles and not pellets. If we lost carmen one of our silkies it would have been awful. She is one of a kind and not replaceable. Buttercup our other silkie is fast becoming one of the family also. I also want to thank the people who tried to help us nurse them back to life. We are outside with our chickens every day but i guess i wasnt familiar enough with the banties personalties and thought they were just adjusting to thier new enviornment. I feel awful.