Hi I am BRAND new here, and after a disastrous experience last year trying to raise a flock ended up giving away our three surviving hens and unsure if I'd ever do it again. But dang I missed those birds. We just bought a lot of 26 new Ameraucana chicks, unvaccinated (I now know, mistake #1!). They were all alive and peeping when we picked them up from the post office yesterday (Mar 1), got them water, food and heat as soon as possible (they came early, I wasn't entirely ready, so this took nearly an hour, but in the meantime they were snuggled together in their box). One was feeling listless already by then, just wanting to sleep under the heat lamp, and at first I thought it just was exhausted and needed a break from all the commotion, but then I noticed it wasn't really opening it's eyes, and I wasn't sure it could, and it wasn't eating or drinking. Later in the day I noticed another one with one sticky eye, almost bulging the other one was open. I got a washcloth with warm water and tried wiping the eyes, but saw no immediate benefit on this one. I was able to at least gently open the eyes of the other one, so that was good news. I put them both back in the box under the heat lamp and went to bed, not sure what else to do, and not having a warm enough second home to separate them without freezing them. This morning I can't even figure out which one was the tired bird not opening her eyes from the day before (hooray for full recovery!), but the goopy eyed one still doesn't look good. I have separated her (I hope it's a her, I only ordered one rooster!) and wiped the eye again. As I was wiping it was hard to tell where the eye was even supposed to be, because of the markings on her, but it seems like the bulging gooey eye part is higher and larger than it should be, and it's all grayed over. I can't decide if it's a film over the eye, or just the color of the eye. I read on Welp Hatchery that Maerek's Disease is characterized by a gray eye. Is that what this is? Here are some photos (SO hard to get a good pic of a chick eyeball that's hardly even open!) [Okay... can't figure out how to get my images to stick. I'll try again later.] The chick is walking around, not peeping like it's distressed, but since I hadn't seen it eat or drink (doesn't mean it hasn't done it, I just haven't seen it) I dipped it's beak in the water to see if it would. She drank it right up and went right back for more. After she wandered around for a bit I saw her randomly pecking at the ground so I guided her to the food and she ate hungrily. I'm wondering if she's blind in that eye? If so, what does that mean for her future? Thanks in advance! Sorry for the super-long post I just wanted to give plenty of details.