Hi, I hope you can help me. I have a sick bird. My first. I hope to get her healthy again. She is very sweet! I noticed about two weeks ago that she was getting lighter when I picked her up. Then a week ago, I noticed that she wasn't eating as much as the other birds. She seemed to just stand off to the side and watch the others eat. I also noticed at this time, she was getting picked on, so I thought perhaps she was just doing the chicken hierarchy thing, being the last and staying out of the picture until the others had their fill. She seems to be getting more sleepy and more lethargic. She seems happy otherwise- she doesn't seem depressed to me... I can't explain it but her 'personality' is the same as it ever has been. For instance, she will groom herself. I thought for a while I was overreacting until today when trying to examine her some more, I found that she has bright yellow skin. I felt this was a big sign that something is indeed wrong. I'm wondering, do chickens get yellow skin when they have liver failure? I'm wondering if her problem is organ failure or a genetic issue. She is ,as far as I know, not laying eggs yet. There is one other chicken that is large and healthy (a rhode island red) that is not laying either. I got them all at the same time in May of this year (2010). I cannot feel a crop. She has become so thin that I can start to feel that bone in the front of her chest. Her breath does not smell, nor does her poo, nor does her body anywhere. She smells like a healthy chicken. She will eat, but stops after a few morsels full. I have not noticed her drinking water..and it does seem as though her comb is dry. I have heard her sneeze a few times. I have seen her nose be runny at some times. She appears not to have as thick of feathers as the other chickens do, as if she did not grow more for the winter like the other chickens seem to have. As far as I know, they have not molted yet. I've never seen any patch of skin showing on any of my birds. I've never treated for worms or any sort of treatment for anything. They have free ranged. They would hang out at the compost pile a lot. I have looked for mites before and found nothing that I could see to indicate a problem. I've used DE in both coops. Here is the qeustionaire filled out: 1) What type of bird , age and weight. Barred Rock, born May 15th of this year, I'm guessing about a pound- she is very small, and getting smaller. 2) What is the behavior, exactly. She is just not eating much at all, not walking around much.. she is still active...not listless, but just not as active as the other chickens. I noticed this got worse when it got very cold. (She seemed to be fine otherwise) I have them in a sheltered shed, so no drafts, but the temps still go low. Its been about 20 to 30 degree F lately. During the day I have a 60 watt bulb on them. I have noticed she also shivers a bit sometimes. She wants to hang out near me at all times. She has not layed an egg yet that I know of, but all but one other hen have. 3) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. No. BUT her skin is YELLOW!!!! Like the color of lemon drops candy. (She also was born with a crooked toe which has not seemed to bother her at all. Also her eyes are a bit slanted like.) Her comb and wattle have always been more orangy red then red red too. I noticed this a long time ago and posted here about it but figured that she just wasn't of laying age yet and therefore was not regular red. 4) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation. Cold weather. She gets picked on a lot too- her and another chicken who has just started to lay and since has not gotten picked on as much. Also wondering about botulism, or poisoning.. I am not free ranging anymore since the cold weather, (I do not let them out unless it is about 40 degrees F) but I have noticed they have eaten pokeberries a few months ago and also once about 4 months ago they got to some paint chips that possibly might contain lead and which also contained the paint remover Citrus Strip. 5) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. I feed the chickens Purina Layer Feed in pellet form, Whole Corn, and Oats. I have also fed them scraps of vegetable matter, leftovers. I have fed them some onion and they have eaten onion green outside.. didn't know that was bad for them. They eat it anyway. I've fed them zucchini, rolled oats, yogurt, egg shells and any salad greens. 6) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. Poop is greenish, with white- somewhat dry looking with a bit of mucus. Tiny poops. Not much substance. I still have a few examples.. will try and post a picture of it if I can. 7) What has been the treatment you have administered so far? I've brought her in to monitor her for a few hours. She seemed livened up a bit since she was out of the cold. But she is not eating or moving around like a normal bird. I'm going to be bringing her inside to warm her up so that she does not have to deal with cold temps. 8 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet? I want to treat myself. I may call a vet but I doubt my vet treats chickens. 9) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help. photos. I will try and post a picture of her and her poo. 10) Describe the housing/bedding in use They were in a small coop (4 x 5 x 3 ft) since they were pullets... just recently (2 weeks ago) switched over to a large shed (8 x 12 foot area) I use wheat straw mostly for bedding with a bit of wood chips bought from Tractor Supply mixed in to help dry up the poops. Inside the shed I have built a 'hay hut' with blocks of straw stacked so that they have a structure similar to the small coop they were once sleeping in at night. I did this so that they could have better heat at night. Have any ideas as to where to take this? All help would be much appreciated. She is a very sweet little chicken. And it will hurt to loose her! I will try and post photos later. Thanks in advance!