Not many people at school understand what I am going through so I thought I would ramble on here. Right now I am a full time student in Ohio while my parents and farm are in Virginia. I have seriously started dealing with poultry and have been "getting my ducks in a row". I have a page on Facebook which many people have contacted me about wanting chickens. I have been trying to manage getting poultry ready from Ohio but have been failing miserably lately... I have been trying to send a silver laced rooster to someone for over 8 weeks now with constant tie ups on my end. I had figured once I get home on winter break I can deal with everything. I cleaned every coop, I dusted the whole flock twice for lice (which was brought in on birds we purchased from some one will will NOT be buying from again), wormed everyone, watched/ studied everyone, took a bird inside at the slightest sniffle and rearranged the flock. I had felt like I had accomplished so much and made life a lot easier on my dear parents. Once I leave a rooster dies of a mysterious illness that wouldn't go away from antibiotics. Of course it had to be a bird some one bought from us. I had seen the bird myself and handed it to him and he had been 100%. I had no idea what he got and where he got it from. The bird wasn't quarantined when he introduced him (which should have been done regardless) so I have no idea where the sickness originated from. One of my favorite hens died 2.5 weeks later from what I think was old age but honestly I have no idea. The whole flock is under "lock down" now. Then on top of that one of my best roosters has been inside with the sniffles for over a week. It has been one thing after another with him... he was living with the bought birds (mentioned above) which I had discovered had, on top of lice, worms and contracted coccidious. THEN one of my other roosters slipped out of his pen and got the crap beat out of him by another rooster and he is now inside! I swear I feel like my head is going to explode! I feel so helpless being in Ohio then having my parents having to deal with this crap. Oh! AND I had 2 other birds from "the bought batch" in a coop in Ohio with 7 of my show birds and they now have lice from them!!! Sometimes I don't know if I am over my head or striving for a foolish dream of raising beautiful poultry... It feels like the world has turned its worst on me sometimes........ but a good thing is once I am able to see my babies again I am always happy and remember why I am doing this and how much I love it. Just wish the world could take a break for a bit so I can relax.