First off I'd like to say hello. I just joined today, I'm Lynn. I have been reading in your site and others for a couple of weeks. Ok here's some info on my bird situation. I'm in northern California, Modesto to be exact. The chickens I have came from wild birds that flew into my yard. I have a goose with a pool. I think the water is what drew them to my yard. I ended up with a flock, that the day they hatched (in my yard) no mother would care for them. They were being chased away from food and water by the other birds (about 12), I am a rescuer of many animals so of course. I adopted the 8 little chicks and brought them inside.This was in September so I was afraid of the chilly nights. I raised them in a baby playpen, and a large dog crate outside (wire crate) during the day. They were fine for about 5 weeks. They began pecking one another as I realized they were getting too big to be in house. I had 3 with eye injuries. I treated them and let them outside about 2 weeks ago. A few days later I noticed one that had both eyes swollen shut and was off to itself. I brought it in, and have been battling for 2 weeks now with it.This bird is a fighter. I'm going to put another post with its pictures and everything I have done to it so far. Its pretty bad looking and before hand I want to say I have thought of trying to put it down but I don't know if I can. It is so stubborn and feisty I feel like its trying to live, so I want to not give up on it. I cant afford the 1 avian vet out here either. I took my goose to him and 800 dollars later I am the one that figured out what to do. So unfortunately, vet isn't an option as I also am very poor. I will post its pictures tonight with all the info. I gotta go out and feed all before dark now. Thanks for listening.