Halo everyone, I am Afrikaans and from South Africa. I have 9 Silkies, Harry and Sally and their 7 chicks that were born on the 15th of Jan 11. They are all free range but do have sleeping corners. I started seeing sores on two of the chicks faces but thought that it was maybe because of fighting. Sally has a heart-attack every time that we get too close to the chicks so I left them because I did not like stressing her. I noticed that the sores were getting bigger and decided to catch all of them for a closer inspection - what a tough time that was! The sores looked terrible and we took all of them to the vet and he prescribed antibiotics and ointment for the eyes that I've been using for the past week. He also said that I can use the ointment on the sores. The problem is that 2 of them have huge sores and they are yellow, the one's eye is completely shut as well. I've been reading on this forum to use Betadine which I will do tonight. What must I do about the eye, I read to rinse it with saline and then to put the ointment in - but this eye is really completely shut. Must I force it open? I am scared that it will do more damage than good, but leaving it is clearly not working either? We broke down their sleeping corners last weekend and sprayed mosquito spray - there was at least 10+ mosquitoes sleeping under the tin roof. The silkies are now sleeping in one of our store rooms and it makes it easier to catch and give meds before they are allowed free in the garden. I went home to try and take a photo of them but I failed miserably. I will take a photo tonight when they are back in the storeroom. Thanks for all advice, I feel so sorry for them and really want to make it easier for them.