Hi everybody. We've had this disease pop up about once a year, or every other year since about 4 to 5 years ago, and we really need some help. It's so bad, we don't know what's causing it, the chickens take weeks to go on out once they get it, and we haven't been able to find a cure or even a successful form of treatment... The first case this year was one of my little OEG Bantam pullet. She's still laying out there, can't walk, is having to be offered food and water becuase she can't reach it herself. She's lost so much weight that you can grasp her breast bone between your thumb and for-finger. She wants to live, she's as alert as you could ask for, she just has no coordination in her legs and lost her balance early on. When she does try to walk, her left leg kicks her in the head (her neck is crained into an a tight "S" shape, and she digs her beak into the dirt when she tries to move), and there's a deep bruised spot at her ankle. She has no control over that foot. The second case of this we've had this year was Mom's broody Bantam Cochin. I don't know if this is the same stuff or not, but she started getting really bad during the last few days of incubating her nest. She wasted away into this thin, deleriously clucking little mess of feathers, and hasn't came out of it since. Her neck is crooked, she has something comparable to bed sores on her face, and she acts weak all the time. When she stands up (I don't know if she can still stand or not, Mom takes care of her), she fluffs out and drops her wings as if she were still broody. She now spends her time looking about half dead in the corner of her cage. I have to check to see if she's still breatjing frequently. The third case was our Tetra Tint pullet. She just recently had to be caged, because the other hens were trying to peck her to death. She has no coordination, and can't stand without help. Food and water has to be offered to her by hand, but she doesn't readily take it. Though I've noticed that her case is slightly different. Instead of lying on her side as the Game hen does, she gives a god awful scream and flips over onto her back, where she just lies and kicks absently for hours. She wants to sleep all the time, and isn't nearly as alert as the game, even though she's only had it about a week. And then there's our most recent case (just last night), our Chocolate Call hen. She's seemed a little down in the dumps for about a week before this, but we supplimented that with flipping over the water containers so she could reach all those knots of worms that she just loves. This morning, she couldn't get out the barn door. She doesn't have much of an appetite, but she can still stand. She can stand, beat her wings, swim, scratch her head, peck at the ground, even walk carefully for as far as a whole yard. But if she gets excited, and tries to run, her legs bow out, and she trips over her right leg. She also has a hard time tucking that same leg under her once she's down. Has anybody had any experience with this? Is there a cure? Treatment? Cause? Prevention? I'm so tired of seeing my birds die of this, it's just a very terrible way for them to go out. I can provide pics if you need them. Thanks.