we have a three year old australorp, who has been struggling for a couple of months now, and as we've worked with our vet, nothing seems to be helping her to recover. and there isn't clarity as to what is actually wrong with her (my vet doesn't see many chickens, despite being a farm animal vet). we have tried antibiotics twice, she has been wormed (along with the rest of the flock) and she is currently in the house, wasting away, unable to eat, or drink on her own. she will eat/drink with assistance, very small amounts. she cannot stand and sort of hobbles occasionally. her eyes are shut except for a moment or two when she eats. it is depressing to see the hanging on, but lack of improving. have you had a bird this ill that has ever recovered? were they welcomed back by the flock? that would be my goal, not to have her live a life shunned and without quality of life. i suppose i am worried that she is about to make headway and then i will have euthanized her before she could get well again. i'd love to hear thoughts or experience. i am also considering doing a necropsy, if we euthanize or she dies on her own, to see what was happening.