Hello!! I have been following BYC for a couple years now. Was a newbie to farming and had much to learn! I am still learning how to navigate the forum, I am used to just searching a topic, so I hope it is okay I posted this problem here. Being that I also have horses, goat, ducks, dogs, honeybees and a cat, My chickens seemed kind of care free! They are free range layers with a nice coop to roost at night. I have a variety of hens and a rooster. Never had any problems at all until about 6 months ago, one seemed to have a respiratory condition. by the time I notice her gasping for air she was dead two days later. Now I have my second problem. I noticed this hen about a week or so ago. This caseous exudate was barely covering the eye, but kind of hard, I couldn't wipe it away. I put some VetRx (all I could think of at the time) I had to go out of town. now this pic is two days ago. I have been searching like crazy and can't confirm what it may be. I have tried to get it out today, half broke off and fell to the ground and another chicken ate it! she was getting stressed so I stopped for the time being and put some terramycin in it. My feed store rep recommended giving her .25-..5 cc Penicillin. Hope someone has seen this before. She is still eating and drinking . I have about a dozen chickens. How contagious? Thank you all in advance! Love this site!