Hi, this is my first post to this forum, but not my last. I have read many a post and gleaned a ton of useful information and I thank all of you for your willingness to share and educate. I have had chickens for about 5 months so I am really new to this. What I have learned during that time could fill a book, but I still need to know more. I have 7 bantams, and 1 Barred Rock. Last week I lost one of my hens. One night she chose to roost in a dog crate instead of their pen (there is a roost in the crate and she was on it, not huddled in a corner), I thought that was a little different, but in the dark she looked ok. The next morning she didn't want to come out so of course I pciked her up and started looking her over. She was missing an eye. It was gone, not just shut or swollen, but gone. There was dried blood on her face. I cleaned her up, gave her some water, and let her go back in the dog crate. My thought was that my over zealous roosters had been too rough on her. I can't say for sure, but I know that no other animal could have injured her. That night another hen joined in in the dog crate and I just let them stay, I figured warmth and company couldn't hurt. By the 3rd night there were 3 in the crate. Day 3, the injured hen was out and about, eating, scratching, drinking, and actin "chicken like". I figured all was well. Day 4, I noticed a hen ( one of the three roosting in the crate) had a crooked neck, not really upside down or backwards, like severe wry neck, but holding it cocked to one side. She was getting along ok, but not ver fond of the roosters approaching her. I put her in the dog crate with food and water to keep her safe. Day 5, the hen with the bad eye didn't want to come out of the crate in the morning. I had to go to work. When I got home she was dead. The hen with the bad neck now had problems walking as well. Not paralyzed, but walked and would fall over. I put her in the crate, alone. That night I brought her into my house. The other chickens are all back to roosting in their pen. Hen is about 7 months old, other hens have just started laying Droppings are running, green and white, no blood Eyes look clear Beak is sometimes open when she breathes, sometimes not. Food she was eating: scratch, and layer food, also free range so they eat some grain that is for my goats. I do sometimes give them kitchen and gardenscraps, the last being a few weeks ago. Corn on the cob, and winter squash from the garden, the corn was still on the stalk, and it had been frozen in the garden. No obvious mold on it though. Fresh water is available in both the coop and the water that the goats have access to. Dry coop available at all times with box that they all crowd into and huddle at night. I am sure they are warm enough and draft free. Day 6. Hen is still not doing well. Force fed her cooked egg yolk, apple, rolled oats, yogurt, and bird vitamins. Also water, as much as I could without drowning her. I worry about that when force feeding. Day 7. Same as before, but I gave her Tylan50 .5cc x 2. I gave it to her by mouth as I had no needle and I am really nervous about injecting a chicken. I have done goats and dogs and cats, but no birds. I also gave her more of the egg/apple/oats/yogurt/vitamins. Also added some poultry nutri-drench and crumbles that are for game and show birds. She will not eat on her own, or drink. Day 8. Same. I was surprised that she was still alive this morning. I have her in a cat carrier with towels propping her up so she doesn't lay on her side. Could this be Marek's disease? She is not vaccinated. Got her and the others from a local breeder at the end of last summer. Is she too old for Marek's (about 7 months)? Could the problem my other hen had with her eye been the result of a disease that I missed or was it most likely an injury? She died so fast that I had no time to nurse her or observe her. When I fisrt noticed the eye was missing I thought that she was just hiding because she was in pain. When she acted fine in a few days time I thought that was the case for sure, now in hind site I am not so sure. This little feathered creatures can sure be confusing. Thanks for any and all suggiestions or ideas. I am starting her on vitamin b and e as soon as I get some at the store on the way home from work. I sure wish i could stay home and nursemaid her all day.