Kathy,i would like to thank you for all your detailed posts on tube feeding. I have just finished tube feeding my sick silkie 5 month old roo. He was fine the other day,got into a tussle with another roo and immediately started behaving very stressed,panting,wings spread etc.strange thing is,there was no injury and i was there to immediately break them up. He stopped eating/eyes closed and after 48 hours with not being able to get much food into him,i knew it was do or die. I initially started treatment for cocci as he had all symptoms,but after no improvement in 24 hours knew it was not that,next i tried tetracycline again no improvement,tube feeding was the only answer if i was going to save his life. I unfortunately did not have the proper tube or feed,so i used aquarium tubing and pablum. Aquarium tubing worked fine,i measured beak to crop so i would know how far to insert tube,placed him between my legs,wrapped in a towel with his neck extended was easily able to insert tube and used a syringe to administer feed. Not sure if he will survive,but he will not go down without a fight from me. Thank you so much for all your information on this subject,for anyone who is nervous about tube feeding don't be,it is very easy to do. Has anyone experienced a chicken becoming ill and not eating after a very mild altercation? I have not see this before,he has no signs of any other issues and all my other chickens are fine.