My 4 1/2 yr olds bestfriend Betty Bob is very sick. She is a beautiful black silkie hen that adores my son and he absolutely loves her! He does everything with this chicken, including trying to bring her in the house to watch TV, and is extremely heartbroken that she is so sick. Okay here is the story: My daughter takes care of the chickens now becasue Im pregnant and cant move around too well due to sciatica. Well shes not the most observant so Im not sure how long Bob has been showing signs of illness but my husband went out to the coop the night before last to check on the chickens heat lamp and found Bob face down in the coop. He came in to tell me and I went out to get her. Once i picked her up I realized she had lost a considerable amount of weight, shes a small bird as it is, and her legs were badly affected my scaly leg mites. Also upon further examination I found signs of lice. I feel like the worst chicken mom ever right now. Ugh Anyway Betty Bob's breathing was labored and but she was able to stand but used her head as a kickstand! We force fed her warm sugar water and I soaked her in warm water to help her legs and help if she was egg bound. No egg was produced though. We continued to give her sugar water thruought the night and then I introduced mashed banana and oatmeal yesterday. We of course were forcing her to eat it but she seemed to willingly swallow it once we got it in her beak. Last night she seemed to be very fiesty and actually pecked at and ate off a spoon while I had my hand under her neck to help her hold her head up. Everytime we let go of her head/neck area she immediately tucks in under her body like she cant hold it up on her own. When we put her back in her box she tucks her head under and then it looks like the water comes back up through her nose maybe(?). Her breathing is np longer labored and no eggs have appeared. She seems alert when we are giving her water and feeding her but she just stands in the box we have her in with her head tucked down, which Ive been propping up with towel to prevent the food and water coming back up. She hasnt layed down once and just stands with her head as a kickstand kind of! What can I do? I have no idea whats going on and my husband refuses to bring the hen to the vet. My son is beside himself and I cant stand to think about her not being in the back of his power wheels tractor going for a ride or swinging on the swingset with him! Should I use ivomec to get rid of the parasites or is she too sick? Should I get vetRX or some other anitbiotic? PLEASE HELP ME! We have never had a chicken get sick like this. We have battled with the lice and thought we had them gone but I guess not. Ugh I really feel like the worst chicken keeper ever. Thank You Thank You Thank You! Sorry for such a long post!