My relatives have many free-ranging chickens on their property, and today it was found that one of their hens had hatched fifteen chicks. Most of them were in a normal condition, but one of them was clearly in a bad way. It was smaller than the others, could hardly balance on its own two feet, and was extremely noisy. It was not being rejected by its mother, but everyone thought that it would soon die of its apparent sickness. I do not expect it to last long either. What was wrong with it, and is it a common occurrence among chickens?