This afternoon, I had my backyard flock of 12 (all 4-5 weeks old) out in their pen. I noticed one of the little bantams appeared to be panting. I picker her up and discovered she was NOT panting, but that her beak was slightly open due to some swelling in her right eye. Can chickens get impacted lacrimal ducts? Do they *have* lacrimal ducts?! I've removed her from the others and added some Terramycin to her water. While she was outside, she was acting totally normal, wandering about, eating, drinking, doing her chicken thing. Right now she's upset she's alone. What in the heck could be wrong with her? The only avian vet around here charges $110 office visit-not including exam, meds, etc., I just cannot afford that right now. My regular vet doesn't treat birds. Can anyone help me out on this? I don't want the little peewee to hurt or suffer in anyway...it kills me to think she needs help and I can't give it to her right away. TIA! ETA: I spoke to a vet who know idea what this could be, but she recommended applying some cortisone ointment *around* the eye to help with swelling. I've done that...the chick, Francine, is resting. She also ate a teeny bit more. Poor little thing...I hope she doesn't get worse.