I recently had the bright idea of finding a rooster for my flock from Craigslist. There was a beautiful 8 mo old (Americana?) who is copper, gray, and black in color. Stunningly beautiful...er, I mean handsome! His owner said that she was giving him away because the older rooster picked on him. So...I went and got him. A day after I got him home, I noticed that he had sneezes. I was anxious to show my(his) ladies their new partner, but I kept him at a distance. . . The symptoms started to worsen. His right eye was closed and had dried crud all in it. I began searching the Inet for a diagnosis and solutions. It appeared to be Coryza, but the medical info online is contradictory and vague. I pushed next to the bad eye, and a hard whiteish puss oozed out of the eye socket. I desperately searched for more info. Youtube has several videos about various chicken surgeries and treatments. The American sites said to cull/put down the sick bird. The foreign sites treated coryza with antibiotics. I was more lost than ever! One thing became clear... the rooster would probably die if left untreated. Therefore, I had nothing to loose to try and save him! I cannot afford to spend $500 at a veterinarian. I bought antibiotics (Duramycin) at the local feed store. I began a regimen of daily doses in his water. He seemed to get better. A week went by, and he began to relapse. There was a lot of mucus coming out of his mouth. He then developed an foul smelling odor. I also noticed that he had a mite infestation. I began intravenous duramycin. He grew weaker and weaker. As I had seen in one of the videos, I began to coat his throat with VetRX and antibiotics. It help him breath better for a few hours. The food pellets began to stick in the mucus, and he could not swallow it down. He lost weight. The mites were going in and out of the sinus passage. I treated for the mites with a warm bath, and mite dust. I began to feed him very soft oatmeal mush by syringe. He responded well to that, and gained a little strength. You can tell that he really is miserable, BUT that he is fighting for his life! Because of his will to live , I will not give up either! I am committed to see it to the end. If he survives, I will never place him into the flock, but he will always have a home with me! He has lasted several weeks where most videos said he would be dead in hours! Pray for us both...for wisdom and strength. Yes, it is just a chicken...but is it really? It is a life, and that matters to me! I'll keep you posted. Any suggestions are appreciated! Merry Christmas!!