I have a 1 1/2 year old bantam cochin hen that I discovered 4 days ago, sitting with her eyes shut and her mouth slightly open, appearing to be having some difficulty breathing. I freaked out, snatched her up and brought her inside to analyze the situation. I fully expected to loose her that evening, but by the time I got her to the house she was alert and appeared much better; however all of the membrane around her eyes and mouth, and any place that I could see skin on her face was very pale, almost white. I imagined all kinds of things that it could have been that would have been as a result of my negligence, the first on being a rampant infestation of mites. I treated her with poultry dust and gave her a shot of Nutri-drench and hoped that would save her. I then turned to the rest of the flock and began cleaning coops and treating birds. I have managed to get my entire set up done, which has been no small feat considering I'm old and lame Anyway............. After all of that, the little hen is showing no improvement other than periodically she shows "color" in her face. The most unsettling thing about this is she keeps her eyes closed so much. I have even seen her eating with her eyes closed. I was watching her today, and noticed that when the color drains from her face, this is when she is most likely to sit with her eyes closed and even appear to have some difficulty with her breathing - however, I can't hear any distress on her part. When the pink returns, she opens her eyes and begins to look around again. I'm guessing it's the obvious...a heart problem, but I'm hoping that I've missed something, or don't know of something and someone can offer me a miracle. Anybody got one?