I acquired this silkie about 10 days ago, all seemed well. She is about 2 months old. This morning we noticed that she was mopey. So we introduced her to the baby chicks in the box next to her. When we did this a few days ago she was terribly mean to them, pecking them until they ran in the opposite direction! Today she let them sit under her and she didn't peck at them. Then this afternoon we noticed that her eyes are closed all the time. They are not goopy or stuck shut and she does occasionally open one or both eyes, but not for long. The eyes are not swollen or injured. Her crop is completely empty. However she is acting normal in every other way...preening, seeming interested in our voice, etc. Just won't open her eyes so I guess if she can't see where she's going...she's not going anywhere. She has been eating Purina Start 'n Grow and drinking water with vitamins, electrolytes, probiotics (Rooster Booster brand). So this is what we just did...we filled a bowl with her crumbles and a bowl with water. We also spread some crumbles on the floor of her own, separated (quarrantined) brooder box. We showed her where the bowls are and she is now eating and drinking, walking around the box, eating from both the bowl and the floor, drinking water. We just lost a different bird from this same breeder, same purchase, same age, (different color bird) , from brain damage and subsequent pneumonia after being treated with prednisone. Are silkies always this sensitive? We have been brooding lots of other egglayers for the last month without one problem. Now I've had two birds, both purchased apparently healthy at 2 months of age, sick. Is it the breed or the breeder? Could this latest one be anything contagious???