Hi. This last spring we got a girl and a boy Rouen. Uncle Cracker and Aunt Smacky had 9 eggs which we set under a cochin. 7 eggs hatched, 2 didn't make it. The new babies are a few days older than 3 weeks. The youngest and smallest isn't thriving and has become ill. Aunt Smacky died just as we collected the last of her eggs the day Uncle Cracker went missing (chicken hawk?). We suspect a flying predator, perhaps an owl. Anyway we have these babies and 6 are doing great, they've been moved outside to a nice covered pen with a doghouse shelter with hay and a pool-the whole nine yards. When it's very cold we bring them into the living room (in a big birdcage) in front of the fireplace and next to a heater and lamp. WeeBit is ill. She's gasping like her nose is stuffed up and seems rather weak. The gasping comes and goes. She's eating and drinking and going poop. She's been sick for about 4 days. The guy at the co-op recommended tetracycline which we started yesterday. She seems to be getting better. Her food is starter feed, mashed boiled eggs and some organic baby food (green beans and squash-which she doesn't seem to like). She loves the eggs and feed. WeeBit is in the bathroom with heat and a lamp staying warm and dry. Will some people with experience please help us figure out what to do about getting WeeBit well? Any advice on the other babies would be appreciated, too. Please forgive me for not properly introducing myself, I'll try to get on that asap. I just registered a few minutes ago but have been reading for quite a while and trying to learn. Raising ducks is new for us as Uncle Cracker and Aunt Smacky were our firsts. We started raising chickens about a year and a half ago and are new at that, too. Most of the new chickens we bought at the livestock market have come down with some sort of green booger-bubble affliction-I know this is a whole other issue that needs to be addressed in the proper forum. Thanks in advance. I need to go check on everyone again before it gets dark so I'll be back later to see if anyone responds and to ask about the chicken illness/read more.