Please share your expert advice with me! We have a small flock 39 chicken flock, and have been back-yard farmers for over 2 years now. 9 are over 1 year old, the rest came to us this past spring. We purchased 12 from a well-known hatchery, and then my husband and I agreed to take on some additional chicks for a friend who was having personal problems. My daughter, who is 7, quickly fell in love with one of our friend's, which was a Bantam Cochin (white, with Black Spots). Precious chicken! Well, over the last two days we've noticed a significant change in "Lovey's" behavior. She walks almost like she's drunk, can't seem to control her wings (at times, they almost act like their broken), though I'm sure they're not!) She lays on our lap, and shuts her eyes..... "Falls" (as far as a bantam can fall) every few steps. Our first thought was "a neurological problem". My husband believes it's been going on for awhile, just getting worse. We started searching, and came across Marek's disease, and while I'm not an expert, it sure sounds like that's what it is. I didn't notice the eyes gray, though. My question is, do we need to go ahead and put the chicken down or can she recover from this - we're confused by everything we read. We don't want my daughter to have to watch her go through paralysis, etc., if this disease gets degeneratively worse because she's already emotionally attached to it, but if she can recover, we would certainly like to keep her. Also, am I understanding correctly that the other chickens, (while most likely exposed) may not be at risk for getting it, and that our older chickens will probably be fine? Forgive me for my ignorance, but we've never had a chicken disease, never had a chicken die, and this is new to us. Thank you for your help!