My name is Rafael. I am a new member from the central Arizona highlands (Prescott). I have a flock of 15 assorted hens and one chicken of unknown sex. My wife insisted on picking him/her up at the farmer's market last summer and I'm afraid he brought more than his luggage with him. He and one of our orpington hens have gone into a serious decline loosing weight until I can feel no breast muscle. They have had persistent diarrhea, leg weakness, lack of co-ordination, conjunctivitis. They have been on Baytril for 10 days, Tylan for 5 days. They got peppier after treatment but just won't gain weight. The He/She seems to have trouble seeing where he is pecking. he eats frantically, after all, he is starving. He prefers to eat live insects, meat (Suet), spaghetti, but doesn't seem to eat layer mash. The orpington will eat anything, constantly. She may be gaining weight but has stalled at the moment.I keep food before them constantly. We have no vet experienced with poultry here so our small animal vet is just shooting in the dark (unsuccessfully, expensively). I hate to just cull them, they are two of the sweetest birds and are trying so hard to get well. I'm thinking of trying a sulfa drug as a last resort. They have no body fat so they are living in my shop since the weather turned cold. This just seems to have no resolution beyond terminating them. I would sure appreciate some input on this.