I bought six hens about four weeks ago. I have many pullets but wanted hens that were already laying. When I bought them I noticed one of them was wheezing and sneezing. I tried to treat her with OTC antibiotic and it did not work. Long story short it had been four weeks just since I got her and noticed the respiratory problem and who knows how long she had been suffering with it beforehand. I am lucky enough to have a vet nearby who does treat poultry so I finally broke down and took her in today. The office is about a thirty minute drive from my house. The whole way there I am thinking the worst is going to happen. They will have to put her down b/c it wil not be treatable. I know this sounds silly but if you could just understand that I don't have dogs or cats. My pets are my chickens. So they did an exam and listened with the stethoscope and the initial diagnosis was pneumonia. So I asked them to do an x-ray and it confirmed pneumonia. This poor hens lungs were absolutely filled with fluid. I do not know how she survived for over a month with this. She is inside the house being pampered and I am giving her antibiotic with a syringe. The doc said that she probably didn't get much of the first round of antibiotics b/c she wasn't drinking too much. Her breast area is shrunk so she hasn't been eating much either. They took a swab of her throat and when the results come back they will be able to tell me what medication is the most effective against her "bug". I know you may be saying "how crazy of this lady to spend so much on that chicken", but my thought was if this hen has fought this long to survive this then she is definately a keeper. She is still young, only about 18 months.My husband wasn't thrilled but he has a soft spot for the chickies too.