I've been caring for silkies for over a year now and have been having some pretty bad luck. Only one of the chicks I've raised has managed to live past a year, dying from Mareks, parasites, you name it, while I figure things out. However, there's one baffling "disease" that I'm not sure about. My last casualty was today with a lavender hen. I just put in a couple new silkies yesterday and noticed she was a little sulky but figured it was cause of the newcomers. I got her for free because she had a leg injury and couldn't walk well. She's never seemed especially healthy and often laid eggs without shells. However she's always been rather fiesty and active despite that. But today I found her with globs of poop on her rear. After I turned her over and cut it off, she was panting heavily and was very lethargic. I'd just gotten a lav roo for her and decided to take her home where he was to keep an eye her, I keep my coop on my grandparents property since I'm technically not allowed to have livestock there. On the way home she started thrashing around in the box, making high pitched squeals. By the time I got there she was dead. I noticed there was a little dried blood around her vent also. I've had another hen or two die a similar death. Lots of poop on the butt and then dead the next day or so. A white hen like that was very stressed and hiding a lot for a while before she died. I don't know what's going on but its very frustrating and heart wrenching. Is there something I'm doing wrong? Am I not worming enough? Is it something else? I really don't know. If anyone has any thoughts or ideas, please throw them at me!