Two of the diseased pullets were send to the veterinarian for autopsy.
The next day he send me his verdict by email.
I started with the jubilee Wyandotte bantams in February 2013 and never had any health issues so far.
In september I left for a month of traveling in Argentina and when I came back home I was surprised to see my flock in such bad shape.
They were taking care of by my brother who did everything I asked, but he is not that much of a chicken person and he didn't recognize a chicken in bad health.
Almost 50% was lost, but if they would have gotten the treatment sooner I think lots of them could have been saved.
It's tough to leave chicken care to another who is not familiar with your flock or not familiar with chickens in general. You're right that treatment sooner would've worked but it's just one of those things out of our control when we're not there. My DH left out-of-state for a family visit for 2 weeks and I opted to stay home to watch our birds - we've had hot-cold/cold-hot/rainy-sunny/sunny-rainy weather so I felt better to pass on the travel plans because of iffy temperatures.
One sad story I heard was a traveler returned home to find her caretaker had left the waterer too high for her 9-yr-old show Silkie to reach and found the little bird dead. I wanted to cry.
Hoping you get your stock going again.