I had another thread about Ellywe being a screamer. We have her stable medically-wise and are now going into behavior issues, I think. I hope it's okay to start another one to get a 'fresh pair of eyes' and since it's a bit more directed at behavior. I'm desperate here and trying to figure out what to do rather than get rid of her. I'm running out of things to do to help her. I'm trying not to stress her out, but she's clearly not happy with something. I just don't know WHAT. I've done things slowly to give her time to adapt so she's not overwhelmed. I'm sorry it seems so list like. I've been taking notes all day and copied and pasted them so I can go tend to her. Elllywe: She was posted from Texas to Utah to an IFA store. They were delayed one day. I picked her up on Friday with two of her cage mates. I'm having trouble remembering her exact breed, but I think she's a silver laced chicken. PROBLEMS * Eating. She WILL NOT eat out of their food dishes. The only way I can get her to eat is to spill food on the floor around her feet and let her figure it out. I've dipped her beak into the food dish several times, and she sees her siblings doing it (who have no problem figuring it out) she just doesn't get it. If I use a shallow dish the other chickens scratch at it and make a mess so she can't find it. * Drinking. She also WILL NOT drink from the water. At all. No dish will work. I've tried her bird feeder, a shallow dish, a ball water feeder. The only way I can get water into her is to hold her and feed her with a syringe. She understands the syringe means water, and will peck at it IF I'm holding her tight. She also just sticks her head straight up and opens her throat for me to pour it down. (I don't, but that seems like what she wants) I've dipped her beak into the water dish a LOT with no success. She clearly wants water, just doesn't want to work for it. Side question: How often should I be giving her water and how much? I just let her drink until she grumps, which she doesn't always do. * Falling into old habits from not eating/drinking. She's tiny, and whines a lot. She follows the other babies around crying, so I know she can move. But because she won't eat/drink she often just stands still with her eyes closed and peeps. For hours at a time if I don't tend to her. She WILL walk around if she's up to it, just to follow the other babies. * Her Crying. She cries. A lot. Obsessively. I learned that was from distress, which I've been addressing. The only way I've been able to settle her is to stick her in my incubator alone with food/water. Once she warms up and peeps herself out she goes to sleep. She'll peep LESS if I hold her, but still peeps. Once I put her in a warm incubator she'll still go on for 20 minutes. OTHER NOTES I haven't moved everyone to their bigger brooder yet so she doesn't stress out. Yesterday I changed their heating cave to one that easily fits the entire herd. I also put in a heat lamp for warmth. She tends to avoid those in favor of following the others around crying. Even when they snuggle her up she just cries with her eyes closed. She's been eating sugar water/water and chicken feed when I can poke it down her. She will take chick feed if she's in the incubator. While in the incubator she looks happy/warm, but the heat lamp/heating pad don't seem to be working. She seems attached to the larger chickens vs her cage mates. Her vent is clear, no signs of pasty butt. She does shiver a lot when I'm holding her, even if it's in her cage. She only stops shivering when she's in the incubator. Which she can't stay in forever.... Please help me. I'm starting to get really frustrated, and feel like I can't help her. These are my first chickens. I don't know if she's just lonely, stressed, there's something medically wrong with her, or what.