I have a chicken (Will) who was limping about for a while. I found that she had some sort of growth on her leg and researched it on the net. I couldnt really find anything that looked like it but it seemed to be that vaseline may help and some fungal cream. I tried everything that I had but nothing worked and in the end she just hopped about. I wasnt overly concerned as she seemed happy enough, eating, drinking etc. However I found her one day looking sorry for herself, picked her up to look at the leg and loads of maggots disappeared into it - urgg. Discussed it with my husband and agreed we felt bad for her (she had been in the house with the dogs and cats getting some TLC!) so we took her to the vets. The vet gave her antibiotics, cut away most of the growth and bandaged it up but didnt know what it was or what caused it (and charged a flipping fortune even though she said it would be much!). So for the past month or so she has been hanging out in the house, quiet but eating etc resting a fair bit but seemingly ok. Yesterday the monster in law arrived and said she couldnt believe we had kept it alive and it was better if we got rid of it (coupled with you daft soppy cow looks!) I said tell me the same thing after you have seen how well she is doing after a week. Sods law she has suddenly taken a turn for the worst. I noticed yesterday she didnt move about much and was heavy breathing and today even worse. She also has started getting foamy bubbles in her eye. A possibility is that she isnt cleaning herself properly as its a bit of a mission to clean her head with one foot, she seems pretty dirty, could it be blocking airholes and causing her breathing difficulties? It doesnt seem to come away easily and I dont want to distress her too much. Is there a special way to clean a chicken? Or should I just give up on her, prove the m in law right and put her down (well take her to our neighbour who is a lot braver than I am!) I know I'm far too soft to keep chickens, think its time we started to sell them off! Thanks for any advise - even if its just to tell me to man up!