Run-Down: Yesterday my house mates went out to look at houses to buy, as they are looking to move. The story my house mates gave me is that on one property was a dilapidated hen-house with bones and carnage, but as they were looking they found one lone hen. They said it looked as though everyone had just up and left. There was one tiny blue egg that was frozen solid and split. When they found her her crop was massively distended and squishy, but other than the leg mites ( which I saw for myself when she came home ), she is in wonderful condition - her feathers are all silky-smooth, and it looks like none are missing or broken, with a full tail and wings. She is also a fairly healthy weight. Upon arriving home, one my house mates gave her a handful of food ( layer feed would be my guess ) but nothing more, and I gave her some water last night when I put her in an isolation chamber, but nothing else. Her crop feels more or less normal as of last night, but I haven't checked her yet this morning. She also had lice when she first showed up, but I powdered her since I didn't want her spreading her lice to my chickens since I had JUST dusted them a few weeks ago. She had no visible nids, but when I was holding her after awhile I started feeling things crawling on me and eventually picked off a small, round louse. She produced one stool sample last night after sitting in my lap for about an hour - it was long, dark, and solid with the usual gooey white end. Her vent is not messy with faecal matter - just a little bit of uric acid. Physical Description: I don't have a camera immediately available to me, and I don't know when I'll get one so I'll describe as best I can. She is somewhere between the size of a bantam and a standard chicken - very similar in size to the Campines I raised awhile back. My best guess in breed would be a cross between an Ameraucana and black Australorp. I can't, however, rule out Auracana as a base breed, either. She has no ear tufts nor does she have beard and muffs, but she has no wattles and a comb that is small and squiggly like a pea comb, but it is a single flap of flesh like a single-comb without the points ( is that a "bladed" comb? ). However, just behind her ears her neck feathers floof very similarly to my Ameraucanas. Presumably, under the circumstances she was found in suggests she lays small blue eggs. She has two itty spurs, but they're very, very loose. She is broad-breasted and a little heavy with a black beak and legs like an Australorp with the intensely vivid blue-green sheen that Australorps tend to have, but like my Ameraucanas, many of her feathers have a light-coloured quill. She also has some flecks of brown around her face and upper neck, but she's black on all the rest of her body similar to my house mate's Black Stars. Tail and wings aren't very note-worthy - they are fairly normal with no distinctive colourings or shape. Behaviour: When my house mates found her, she ran away until they cornered her and brought her home. They said that she screamed and screamed the first time she ran away. When I met her, I took her from my house mate and she squirmed a little bit, but only a little. I set her down on my lap and my house mates and I watched a movie with her there. She only tried to get away once, and it was a quick trot across my lap before I caught her and put her back. It took over an hour before she was comfortable enough to close her eyes and go to sleep. She would occasionally go, "cluck, cluck, clu- KOK!!" with the last bit being very, very loud. She would continue unless I gently encouraged her to sit back down and rest her head against her breast. When dusted, she squirmed and clucked, but not too loudly and she never escaped. When I would set her down, she would just sit where I left her, and though she might duck when I went to pick her up, after the first attempt to run off my lap, she has not again tried to even take a step. While watching the movie last night, she eventually became calm enough to groom herself some and then sleep. In my room, in the isolation tank, I introduced her to a small cup of water and put in with her the towel that she sat on my lap on so that she would have something soft to sleep on. She has not yet drank on her own, but when I awoke it was still quite dark out and she was still asleep, so I have not observed her since I went to sleep after isolating her last night - shortly after obtaining her. I did dip her beak into the water twice, though, just to introduce her to the water. Upon being set in the tank, she stood where I put her for a few minutes before pecking at the ground a couple of times, and then she headed over to the towel to sit down. What to do? So... where to from here? Should I continue feeding her small amounts at a time and just making sure her crop is full, should I give her a full feeder and assume she can feed herself and judge how much is okay and how much isn't, or should I withhold food? I have never found a situation with birds in which withholding food is the appropriate option, but with the distended crop I am wary about just giving her a full feeder. I know she needs water no matter what. Also - how should I treat scaly leg mites? [This site] suggests dipping the legs in a common cooking oil every day until it clears up. Cheap, but is it effective? Has anyone done this?