I am nursing a 2-3 week chick that has a crusty growth around his face. The crusty skin has completely covered both eyes, but I have been applying Virgin Unrefined Organic Coconut Oil several times per day, and was able to pry one eye partially open. The other eye is sealed shut. The coconut oil keeps the skin supple, and is antimicrobial and antibacterial. What is this condition, and how can I treat it? The chick was with the mother hen, sequestered in a closed horse stall. The mother could come and go because the top 1/2 of the door remained open. She had 5 chicks to start, and all seemed to be doing fine. When I checked on them, all but one were dead. The surviving one was perched on the water dish. I noticed lots of field mice in the stall, and was wondering if maybe they killed the other chicks? The other chicks did not have the crusty growth, and I could see no obvious signs of death. I have been feeding him a bunch of my own superfoods: a flax immune supplement, mixed with some super green powder, maca powder, trace minerals, probiotics, and keep starter mash and water in his box. I have been keeping him in the house under a low watt blue light, which keeps him plenty warm at night since I cover the box. I presume that the blue light causes less stress, since the color blue is calming. He seems strong, and is happy to eat when I put the food in front of him. I am hoping that all the superfoods will give him nutrition to make his immune system strong. His poop was very watery at first, but has firmed up and looks pretty healthy. Has anyone ever dealt with this disorder? What the heck is that crusty stuff? Any recommendations? I intend to keep him in the house at night, and I put him out during the day to get sun. The chicks were not able to get sun in the stall. Could that be a factor as well? I have another baby Im keeping in the house as well (abandoned by his mother) and am being very careful to keep the healthy chick separate from the crusty one, just in case its catchy. Thanks for any info as I am new to rescuing chicks.