I have been dealing with a slightly sick chicken. One that is nearly impossible to pet and just forget about picking up. The vet asked me to try to put saline on her nostrils to verify whether or not she could breathe out of them. This is what I came up with and it worked! Since she hasn't been feeling well she is the first one in the coop to roost. While on the roost I took a dropper of saline and dropped it on her nose and waited for the results. Which were good. She sucked the saline right up through the nostrils. The vet said that if she had some tough snot in there it would help to get it clogged as well as see if there was any air flow going on. So far so good! She can breathe with her mouth closed today!!