Im so confused and in a state of shock right now...my Silkie hen Deva just passed away in my arms and I think it was my fault! About 5 weeks ago now she sat on 4 eggs for me and raised 4 baby bantam Cochin chicks. It seemed like she never "came back" from being broody. Wasnt eating very well, wanted to be with the chicks all the time. I also thinking during this time she went into a molt as she had LOTS of new feathers coming in etc. I have read that when chickens molt they can be lethargic, not their usual selves because it takes a lot of energy to produce new feathers. So I figured her behavior was due to this. I picked her up the other day to move her out of the area with the chicks and felt she was super duper skinny. So I started forcing some electrolyte water and protein shakes to help boost her appetite. I gave her a syringe full of liquid this morning and she seemed to perk up by this evening. (I had tried to give her eggs too but she wasnt having that). Not even meal worms. Tonight I went out again to give her some baby food banana mixed with electrolyte water. Started to syringe feed it to her, she pulled her neck forward, opened her wings and dropped dead. Literally in a span of 30 seconds. I have worked with domestic and wild life for many years and have syringe fed many different animals. I think maybe the mixture was too thick and I suffocated her to death? Oh god...Ill die. The mixture was really smooth though a smidge thicker than water, much like baby formula. I started to give it to her and she spit up some water fluid that smelled FOUL. It also appeared to have been tinged red. Do you think she stopped digesting things? I was just hoping someone out there may have a clue as to what happened. I am sick with greif to think that I may have lead to her death. Any thoughts?