Harriet began showing symptoms of illness on 7/30/13. Some research into the symptoms suggested that the hen was suffering from an inner ear infection. Symptoms included: Loss of balance, Abnormal neck and head position, lethargy, inflammation of the right ear, discoloration of the right ear (whitening) and loss of appetite. We began treating her on 8/3/13, first with a potent solution of St. John's Wart (10 drops in 3.5 ml of distilled H2O), this was applied with a syringe directly onto the birds tongue twice daily. On day two this seems to have had a positive effect on her mood and appetite, though her neck and head was still awkwardly twisted and her balance was still very bad. She fall with nearly every step. Given the continued, obvious discomfort she was in, further research and professional opinion suggested that a course of antibiotics was necessary. On 8/4/13 we began administering [FONT=arial, sans, sans-serif]Tylosin. This is an antibiotic generally used for respiratory infections, although my veterinary contact suggested it's use. As stated elsewhere on this forum, the mixing and dosing instructions are quite confusing. we settled on 1 tea spoon per gallon of water.[/FONT] [FONT=arial, sans, sans-serif]We plan to continue this line of treatment for the next 3 days. Each day we will discard the remaining solution of Tylosin and mix a fresh batch. Her eggs will also be discarded while on the Tylosin and for the 5 days following the treatment. [/FONT] I will continue to update this post as she hopefully recovers. Your suggestion on our treatment plan are very welcome.