Hello folks, I have a group of 100 freedom rangers who arrived Feb 6. They were all doing really great, until I found this guy (gal?). I would post a picture but although I've been reading BYC for about a year, I only just today made an account so I could post, and I don't have image privileges yet. So, I'll do the best I can to describe him. Basically, looking at him from behind he has no feathers around his oil gland or his vent. His oil gland/tail is a circle of hard, shiny, red skin that covers about the area of a nickel. The redness ends abruptly and the skin and feathers on his back looked totally normal when I found him two days ago, and are now starting to look a little ragged (but the hard red skin doesn't seem to have expanded). His vent looks bad--it's not hard, but he is kind of leaking a white, ricotta-cheese discharge that stinks and solidifies to a crust. I don't know if the two things are related, but it would be quite a coincidence if they weren't. He is active, and he is pooping but they are little, firm wormy poops (although this could just be because sometimes the white crust obscures a part of his vent). I separated him from the group and I've been soaking his behind in warm water with epsom salt, and I just thought to oil up his tail/gland with a little olive oil. He is eating and drinking a little bit, and walking around his enclosure. I already "hardened off" his group (turned off the heat lamps), but I figured since he doesn't have any buddies to snuggle with I should give him a lamp at night (it gets cold in the house). He is vigorous and actively fights me at "bath time". I found him like this two days ago, and his condition pretty much has not changed. They are on an organic non-medicated chick starter grower, in a time tested brooder with about a foot of composting wood shavings. Any ideas? Thanks! P.S. I apologize if this answer is already easy to find, I'm new to BYC and couldn't find anything like it in the forum.