I have about 16 bantams, mostly silkie and a few d'uccle. They're all under 2 years and this is their first New England winter (with me anyway). About a month ago I lost a silkie, no noticeable signs of illness, just checked on them and he was laying dead by the water can. About 2 days later my favorite little d'uccle hen was dead in the same spot. I handle her daily and she was fine all along. She was hatched around July 2013 and wasn't the healthiest bird, she's had at least 2 respiratory problems, treated well and recovered fully each time. There was no outward physical signs with either bird. A day or so later I had a silky that didn't seem to have use of her legs. She'd just crawl around in the coop, eat and drink normal. If she got knocked over it would take a lot of effort for her to get back up so I brought her inside and she's in a separate cage in the cellar, where she's lived for 2 weeks now, not improving but not worsening either. I have a high potency vitamin mix I add to her water, along with electrolytes. I use a needleless syringe and make sure she's drinking plenty of the water, otherwise I don't think she'd drink any on her own. She doesn't stand up at all, if I put her in one spot I can count on her being in that same spot a couple hours later. I set her food up right in front of her otherwise it's almost like she forgets to eat or drink. I noticed she started to put her head under her body and tends to leave it there for long periods of time. When I pick her up she doesn't lift her head and seems to actually pass out. I have to pick her head up and it's not until I start squirting water in her mouth that she holds her head up on her own. As soon as I lift her up she passes out, I get her back in her cage and by the time I count to 10 she snaps out of it and will pick her head up, eat for a sec then tuck her head back under her body. I'm sure none of these birds were vaccinated, in fact, I would never go back to the place I got them. I've lost many of them in the short time I've had them. I keep the coop very clean and use hay for bedding. I don't know if all the deaths are related or if this one could be an injury? She doesn't seem sick, she seems retarded. I've been treating it as a vitamin deficiency, I must've read that somewhere or someone pointed me in that direction. Any ideas on what could be going on?