Thanks for the encouragement! I have no idea if Teal has Mareks or not. I'm working my way through the thread you listed, and for now I think I just have to wait and watch. I did put her on the ground this morning to see if her walking is improved (it's hard to tell that in a cage). She's limping but was able to run from me, so maybe that's hopeful. She's 1/4 ounce heavier today than yesterday, but weight fluctuates. I think I'll just have to wait it out and see what happens. In the mean time she's loving her mom-feels-guilty-sick-bay-chow of eggs, corn, buttermilk, & sprouted scratch (in addition to her regular feed). I'm still giving her vitamin water in a medicine dropper - just to make sure she's getting it.
I bought the Chicken Health Handbook last week when Purple was sick and I've been working my way through it. I also have Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens and a few others (Living with Chickens, Green Guides to Keeping Chickens). My first mistake was only reading the coop & housing sections before the chicks came home. The coop & run was just such a monumental building task for me that I was fixated on getting it right. That's not to make an excuse - it's just where my head was at.
If you've seen any of my other comments in other threads you'll know that I'm a big believer in taking responsibility for your animals. I realize now that I did exactly what I preach against - brought home animals before I fully understood how to take care of them. I don't take that lightly. I'm doing everything I can to keep this flock happy & healthy - and trying to read everything & learn as fast as I can - but I also know that if I lose them to Markes I'm not going to run out and get more chickens. I wouldn't DESERVE more chickens.
On a brighter note, my cocci chick seems fully recovered. Not only did she bounce back, but she quickly climbed her way up the pecking order. She may be the smallest, but she's definitely the bossiest! She's who I'm watching most closely, though. I already know she has a weaker immune system, so if Mareks is in my flock it's highly likely it would hit her next.
Thanks again for everything you've done to help. Quite frankly I don't think I deserve the help, but I'm grateful to have it.