I just adopted a 24-week old Polish chicken this weekend. She's running a fever and I'm betting that its an upper respiratory infection. None of the vets near me will see a chicken (even when listed as aviary specialists!). I adopted her because she has some special needs. She can't walk due to what looks like congenital deformities. The people I got her from loved very much but weren't able to care for her in the way she needs plus their flock was severely attacking her. Last night was the second night I had her. She needed a bath and a blow dry since she had been sitting in her waste. After, I put her in a crate in my bedroom. I noticed through the night that she was wheezing but wouldn't drink water. This morning I noticed that her legs were too hot so she must be running a fever. I bet its a respiratory infection given that she has been sitting so close to her waste. Does anyone know how to treat this? Right now I'm going out to get some maple to add to her water. I'm also going to get some yogurt. I'm not sure how to get her an antibiotic if she needs it given that the vets won't see chickens. (I can't believe they'll see budgies and parakeets but not chickens!) Do chickens die from this easily? Additionally, she is, of course, separated from the rest of my flock and will be for another month. Any suggestions?