So I'm just three months into this and I'm finding keeping chickens a lot more work, money and heartache than I thought it would be. We have a tiny little flock of 5 and, even though the oldest of my ladies are only 12.5 weeks, we've been to the chicken vet 2x for 2 different chickens. A little over a month ago, one had a strange bump under her eye which ended up being some sort of sinus infection. It was the only symptom. Just today, we went again for a 12.5 weeker who has just not seemed quite right. She's been thin and mangy looking and I've spent the last several weeks pouring over BYC, worming her, checking her for lice and mites and every other infliction imaginable. Turns out that she has some huge mass in her abdomen and it could be either an abscess, something hard she ate and is unable to pass, or a tumor. Only $300 worth of tests would tell us which so we opted for some antibiotics and hope. Oh, and I'm leaving out the two of our 5 which ended up being roosters and rehomed. Anyway, please tell me this gets easier!