A gal on another forum posted the following...any Ideas? We recently bought some chicks. Some of them were a trio of rare Columbian Cochins. They are about a month or two old. They were fine, but today one of the hens is almost dead. One eye is swollen shut, and the other is just shut. Her mouth is open, slowly gasping for air. She occaisionnaly falls backwards. She started doing this today. I have her in a cage with chicks that are a little smaller, under a heat lamp. There is a little crusty vomit looking stuff around her beak. Is she choking on something? Then what would explain her eye? I need help fast! The other hen is doing the same thing, but on a much, much milder scale. The breed is very rare, I think, so what can I do to save her? Quickly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!