Howdy. I'm a young married man who relatively recently bought his first house and started a huge garden and then one morning his wife saw an ad on Offer up for $10 Silkie chicks, and now we have 5 chickens of varying ages and only half a clue about what we're doing. I've had a parrot for 18 years (will be 19 soon) and that's all the experience I had with birds before October 2018 when we got the first 2 silkie chicks. We had just those two until january 2019 when we bought 1 more silkie chick that was much younger and from a different breeder, then last month in march we bought 2 laying age silkies from a lady that bought all of hers from the same small breeder we did at about the same time we did. So we've been figuring it out as we go (doesn't everyone?) and we've built then a huge coop/run, got them the Purina unmedicated chick start and grow feed with Poultry Booster vitamins and oyster shell, and even penned in a nice weedbed for them. So they got everything they need now, if only I knew how to keep them from getting sick! From what I've read it seems there's a number of things that can get chickens sick and it can happen quite often. I know to keep my parrot and chickens separate and wash hands and change clothes when switching from bird to chickens. But thats mainly why I'm here, to read up and figure out whats going on with my silkies and how to treat it! I'm sure most of us know how expensive a vet visit for all 6 birds would be!