I went to a "reputable" breeder to buy a male paint Silkie that was unwanted in her breeder program. Turns out he wasn't wanted much at all. She wanted $20 for him but settled for &10 due to "ratty wing feathers" and a bit of "red color seepage" in his top feathers. He was in a barn room pen with a much larger rooster that "picked on him and kept him from the food source". Friends, he is near death! He has virtually no flesh on him! I've been giving him vitamins (from TSC) and he has been eating and drinking well. His first night I bet he drank a full 8oz of vitamin water. Since he seemed settled and his droppings seemed normal I decided to give him a warm bath and warm blow dry, followed by snuggling on my chest with a towel loosely wrapped around him. He has no energy and is quietly sleeping on my chest. He isn't used to being handled much and cuddling is completely foreign to him. I don't want to further stress him or leave him until I know he is drinking again. He seems comfortable for the moment. I sure don't want to lose him. Either he's too weak to fuss with me or has the sweetest disposition. I haven't come up with a name for him yet. Any suggestions are most welcome!