Well... Two of the hens we found dead in the coop and neither had shown any signs of illness. The third bird, a Light Brahma, started looking poorly about 2 weeks ago. She was hiding out on the roost, puffed up and lethargic while the rest of the birds were out free ranging. She was isolated from the flock as soon as we saw there was a problem. She was very pale, puffed up and this was a bird that would flee if a human got close to her, but when I picked her up, she didn't move a muscle. It was then I noticed she was nearly all feathers and had no substance to her at all - and this was a good sized, 11 month old bird! She should have weighed at least a couple of pounds. This hen had a "twin" sister we found dead in the barn this past october, but it appeared she had been attacked by something. I checked her all over and found no obvious signs of injury or illness, aside from the weight loss and being pale and unmoving. I kept her isolated from the flock, but it got very cold the last couple of days and I ended up bringing her inside so I could monitor her food intake as well as allow her to get warmer. She had been eating a little when she was outside, but had stopped eating (except what I was giving her) 2 days ago. I was giving her water with a little honey stirred in and a "high performance" vitamin pack mixed with water. For the most part, she was keeping her eyes closed, her "ears" appeared swollen and she remained pale. I had her in a laundry basket packed with old towels over and around her, but she never seemed to feel really warm. I had put several layers of paper towels underneath her, and while she was inside, she seemed to leak and orange-ish poop, but only had only pooped one time and it was mostly runny, and a dark brown in color. She had not laid any eggs in the past two weeks, but in checking her vent, I noticed she was not egg bound, or even had anything unusual going on there. So, here it is. Not even 6am and wondering what the heck is going on here. our birds were hand wormed with liquid SafeGuard (the kind for goats) a week ago and let me tell you that is no small task to catch and worm 50+ birds. after finding the two other dead hens I had already started the rest of the flock on Sulmed. They've all been deloused and we regularly put diatomaceous earth in the pens to help keep bugs under control. We feed a mixture/combination of scratch mixed with layer pellets and crumbles. Some birds won't eat pellets, some won't eat crumbles, but they all eat the scratch and one or the other. All the birds have access to several sources of fresh water every day and all free range for most of the day. I've found a lab in Oklahoma City that I am going to call today to find out how much it would be to complete a necropsy, and I hate to say I'm almost afraid to do that for fear of what they might tell me and that I may have to destroy my entire flock due to some illness or another. I keep a running list of the birds we have and going back through the list, Im more than a little shocked to see I've lost seven birds since July! A little help or advice here would be very appreciated... I'd be glad to answer any other questions that could shed some light, and I did try to already cover everything I can... I, sure I've forgotten something, because I'm upset and its very early in the morning... Thank you for taking the time to read this.