Last weekend I got a polish chick and copper marans. the polish chick died Monday (impacted crop I believe) leaving my marans (we've named Bess) alone. She was distressed but a dog toy to cuddle with seemed to help in the interim. Yesterday I went and got another polish chick (I really want a polish). She ran from the farm store guy as they usually do when when being caught, but once getting home I noticed she didn't move much. Last night I had to place her under the brooder because she wouldn't walk under there with Bess. She was pretty lethargic this morning so I put a drop of nutri drench down her before work. Surprisingly she was alive when I got home. I picked her up to force her to drink some and noticed that she is just a skeleton. Once you really start feeling around, she is nothing but bones. I don't handle them too much the first day since they are already stressed so I didn't notice yesterday. Also found her crop empty so she hadn't eaten all day. I slightly cooked an egg and force fed her some. that seemed to perk her up a little. That and some additional heat lamp action. I mixed some chick crumbles in with the rest of the egg and she managed to eat enough to fill her crop....and get egg all over her poor face I think she was lethargic because she was starving to death. I'm glad she's starting to come around. she's walking around a little more but no where near as active as Bess (that little maran is a hoot by the way. crazy woman) So now the question: why wasn't she eating? Is there an underlying issue or was she for some reason just unable to eat at the farm store (bully chicks? temperature not right? I'm not sure what all could cause that. Also, I'm afraid that even if she starts eating regularly and her crop works and all, ses so malnourished could her body give up before she gets enough nutrition in her. I don't want to lose her because Bess is so happy to have a companion again.