hi everyone, my name's Helena McClaman, i'm from outback Australia, i'm 17 years old and rapidly becomming obsessed with chickens! I thought i'd better say hi, either though i've been using this wonderful site for a few days now. I'm quite new to the whole thing, in fact, i've just brought a bunch of (what are now obviously) sick silkie's because i was too un-educated on how to identify the subtlties of disease, now my entire flock is infected and i'm wrestling with whether to cull them and start again with happy, healthy birds. Or to keep them simply because i love them to bits either though they have respiratory problems that antibiotics haven't fixed and i won't have a hope of owning a healthy bird because of infection. It's an awful decision to be faced with, so i imagine i'll be on here a fair bit, figuring things out. Any advice and/or opinions would be really appreciated. So, tell me your name and we'll start from there!