Hi everybody! In the summer of 2008, the last of my black chickens passed away from something that I'm not quite sure of. Then, in the winter of 2008, one of my RIRs passed away as well. I could tell that she was sick. So I brought her inside. From info. from a book, I was able to learn that I needed a certain medicine. It took awhile, but we finally found the medicine. That same night, I went to where I kept my sick chick, only to find that she was leaning all of her weight onto the cage door. I took her out, but when I put her down on the floor, she just tipped right over. She wasn't able to hold her own weight. Actually, she didn't have much weight at all. After about an hour, she gave a few shudders and flapped her wings. Then, She was just a lifeless body in my hands. The symtoms for what I was seeing was this: Runny nose, loss of a lot of weight, sitting with feathers fluffed up, green droppings and, after a certain amount of days, the chicken will not be able to hold its own weight. I think that what happened to my RIR is the same thing that happened to my black chicken. But instead of resting her weight onto a cage door, my black chicken was on a roost. I think she might have fallen in the middle of the night while she was sleeping and broke her neck. Trust me, there is a question involved. Does anyone know what this is? Is it a disease that can be cured? Is it a disease that can be spread? Thank you for reading this. Please PM me if you would like. But otherwise, it would just be nice if you responded to this topic, even if you don't know what this is.