My Belgian bantam rooster Noodle has some kind of unspecified illness. A week ago, he was: *lethargic *not eating *not drinking So I brought him inside, used the eyedropper to give him tetracycline- and electrolyte-laced water. I finally had to put him back outside with the girls because he recovered like lightning and was so rowdy and noisy that I just couldn't stand it any more. He had 5 excellent days (chasing songbirds, terrifying my dogs, doing the man dance, etc.) and crashed again on Saturday morning. Now, two days later, he's: *lethargic *not eating (he's pooped twice in two days, and though his poop is a little darker than usual, it's not really odd) *not drinking *wobbles like a drunk, though he's not having neck problems and he can move his legs *dips his head and smacks his lips as if he's eating, but his beak never touches the food or water *his comb is darker than usual *his comb has 5 lighter-colored nodules in it the size of a pencil lead (sorry, but I can't get a picture that shows them, but I can feel them) *no injuries * normal breathing *not crowing, clucking, etc. *everything (dropper feeding, dropper drinking, me lifting the towel to see how he is) exhausts him All of this is exacerbated by the fact that Noodle is cataleptic: even when he was perfectly healthy, he passed out when I picked him up, so there's no way to tell if he's more limp than he was before, as total limpness doesn't have degrees of severity. He's just miserable, and that makes me miserable. Tonight, for the first time, he really seems distressed. My flock has had a bout with feather mites this fall, but the flock's last treatment was in December. Noodle has 6 bantam girlfriends, all of which love him. They free range in my yard. There are no new chemicals or structures or plants. I have returned to feeding them 16% mini-pellets with added oyster shell because I couldn't get it for a couple of weeks, but all of the girls eat it, too, and they're fat and sassy. My birds also get warm breakfast every morning with spinach and oatmeal and fruit, as well as layer crumbles and the occasional scratch, sunflower seeds, and meal worms. I do have dogs, but they have reached a detente with the chickens. I haven't wormed yet this spring, but nobody seems to be suffering. Any ideas?