Hi, my name is Christine Snody and I am a new member and new to raising back yard chickens. I started in the middle of August of this year and I had 8 chicken. I had 1 rooster and the rest were suppose to be chicken. My rooster Pete, dies last Thursday. I am not real sure as to why I think he might have been bit by a copper head snake. I was giving him antibiotics but he ended up getting a respiratory infection I think. He put up a good fight, but I wasn't able to get him to eat anything. The only thing I was able to get in him was some water with the antibiotic in it. I used Tetroxy HCA-280 and I also treated all the chickens with Wazine 17 Chicken wormer just in case. I am not getting any eggs yet the first three I got were born in April and the other 5 I got at an auction so I am not sure as to how old they are but I think I might have 2 more rooster from the 5 I got at the action. One of my chickens started walking funny Wednesday and I am not sure as to why. She seems to be having a hard time placing her claw flat like she is babying it, and she isn't acting like her self. If anyone has any ideas as to why let me know I am married and I have 4 children, 3 of whom live with me along with my granddaughter. I am a full time student, and I work at Outback Steakhouse. I am looking forward to learning lots of stuff about chickens and getting to know some of you.