Hey, I'm new to logging in but not new to using the forum for the past 5 months that I've had a flock of chickens. I lost one a few months ago very quickly, my large Rhode Island Red hen, and now my barred rock rooster is going downhill quickly too. Not sure the illnesses are related but dang! I thought backyard flocks were mostly pretty healthy. He's emaciated (so hard to tell if you don't pick them up!), weak, sitting with his tail down and neck sunk in. Progressively worse, although he was running around two days ago beating the ladies to my scraps thrown out the window and to the earthworms my daughter was feeding him. They all eat laying pellets and lots of foraging all day. His poop was white yesterday and now Green with a little white and runny. I don't see any worms in it? I did get him to eat some corn but didn't see him drinking water. I seperated him from the flock. He barely moved all day. Just gave him 10 ml. of pedialyte and have him indoors in a box. Do the birds ever forage something that makes them temporarily ill? I have been using a deep litter method in the henhouse and just cleaned the litter out today for the first time after almost 5 months. Nervous that this method would have gotten him ill? My small flock of 5 hens (silkie/barred rock/Arucana/rhode island mixed) and 2 roosters (barred rock, silkie mix) mostly free range in the woodland/grass and have a small pen/ nice henhouse. They were acquired from a friend who raised them the same way and was getting rid of her flock in the winter. Thank you for any help you can give.