I tried this on another thread but had no responses... So PLEASE someone help! I have a 4 week old buff orpington chick that has not been well for a few days now (and I think actually longer without me noticing) I noticed she was standing around all fluffed up and seemed listless. When I picked her up I noticed a sound each time she breathed - kind of like a bubble popping... She is eating (unmedicated chick 'start and grow' same as everyone else) and drinking and pooping (everything looks normal there). She has no energy, still fluffed out all the time, just about never lays down, is very thin (her keel is sticking just about through her skin!!). All the other chicks look fine and are WAY bigger than her now. I have separated her since she was not getting any rest and I was concerned that she was infectious. But now I am wondering if she maybe has some kind of malabsorption issue and as a result of poor nutrition has got pneumonia or something like that? I am just guessing here - never had a sick chick before (but am an R/N so am trying to make a semi educated guess here)She has no secretions, no other symptoms... Do you think there is any hope for this chick? Do you think antibiotics could help? And if so which one and where do I get it? Any good ideas? Or would it be kinder to put her out of her misery? I really need some feedback here folks.... will someone please answer me? I hate seeing this little one puffing away and looking so miserable but I also hate to just dispose of her without trying at least to save her especially if it could be solved relatively easily.