if we keep him seperated from the others? Our bantam rooster has been showing signs of the nerve type meriks (he can't walk around) for about a week and a half now, he can still move them when I pick him up but he doesnt have enough strength to stand up. My parents said that we can't afford to take him to the vet, but I did some research about it and the site said that meriks is almost always fatal due to inability to reach food/water, inability to protect itself, and getting trampled by other chickens. He's fairly small and well behaved and I want to know if he can live as a 'house pet' in a cage with his own food/water supply, or will he will die from it regardless? Also, is this a kind of disease they suffer from, or can they (kind of) live with it? Please help! He's very special to me and I want him to live happily (for however long that may be).