O.K......here goes. I posted in utter panic on the 21'st about one of my (then 5 week old) RIR's who had an infected growth on her wing root and had developed some severe neurological complications. (only walking backwards,tucking head completey under body and floping over backwards, losing weight). I called for hours the next day and finally found a vet who would treat chickens. I explained what was wrong and he re-worked his entire schedule to get Reba in ASAP. Upon seeing her he asked is this chick a pet or just going to be used as meat. He asked this as he thought it was likely that she was not going to make it and wanted to know how "motivated(see also how much are you willing to spend to even try)" I was to try and save her. I explained that I'd had her now for 5 weeks, named her, and could not stand to just cull her without trying to save her. This vet spent the next 2 hours on the phone calling experts,taking cultures and comforting her(and me) The fear was that she had virural encephalitis and that there could be problems with all my girls. It was going to take 5 days to get the results so he took a gamble and said "my gut tells me that this is a bacterial infection that has just run amoke and settled in her brain....so let's bomb her with heavy duty antibacterials. 3 oral medications squirted in her little mouth 2 times a day. Well, here is the news (finally) She has stopped all neurological based symptoms!! She is eating, drinking, growing,resisting medical procedures with great vigor, and the results came back.....No Virual encephalitis!! just a Staph infection, E-coli, and one other 'oli' that I cant quite remember. All being sucesfully treated with the medications(10 more days of treatment..yikes) and the prognosis is full recovery!! Cost $400 and counting for my $2.88 chick. I know that a lot of folks will think I'm crazy for going through all of this but, I just had to give her a fighting chance. And it looks like, with the incredible help of a willing vet, that we are going to save her!!