Hey hey, a newbie here... We have found BYC to be so amazing the past few months and such a wealth of knowledge for us! We have 7 chickens (6 x 3/4 Australorps and 1 x 3/4 Leghorn). We bought them all mid Nov 2016 when they were 2 weeks old. They were hand raised and are very dear to us. We've lost two very early on, both were the runts and died really quickly when they were young which broke our hearts. Everything has been great and we even had our first eggs 2 days ago! Yay! We were so excited until we also found on that day, our most robust chicken suddenly quite ill. So we have two questions... 1. Chicken is really sick and can't stand up. Two days ago, our most robust Australorp suddenly couldn't stand up. She seems to be holding herself up with her wings to move/shuffle. Her legs are off to the side and she's laying on her side. Her legs are also shivering/fine shaking . She's not fluffy but is quite lethargic and just sits there. Of course we started researching and were bombed with a huge amount of information... We thought there might be a stuck egg but couldn't feel anything. We did more research and then thought it sounded like Mareks Disease as it sounded like that but when I called the breeder today, she said they're all vaccinated and it couldn't/shouldn't be. She also asked if the legs were floppy opposite each other and I said no so she was pretty confident it wasn't Mareks. The breeder suggested it could be either a virus or Botulism. That botulism gives similar symptoms to Mareks. She said Doxycycline could help so I went and got it and started it tonight. The pharmacist however called the vet to check. She said that apparently, if it is botulism, it should be a penicillin treatment, not doxycycline... Argh... So so confusing!! I forgot to say... She is eating and drinking when we pop it right next to her. We keep her sheltered and isolated during the day (our coop and run is like the Taj Mahal @17meters long! They're VERY spoilt chickens) but we have been keeping her in the coop warm with the others. So we're now worried if whatever is the matter is contagious Any thoughts on the diagnosis AND treatment? The poor girl looks worse. 2. I am 7 weeks pregnant and got scratched by this sick chick on my hand and I'm worried, if in fact it is botulism, if it could spread/transfer? I know it's treatable but being pregnant, the antibiotics for it aren't good for pregnancy. Any thoughts? x Thank you so much, we really appreciate it and would love your feedback and advice!