Good Afternoon Guys and Gals, I have just come to the clear realization that I need some advice form more experience chicken owners. I have only had chickens for 19 weeks and have encountered some serious difficulties. Although there is amazing info available I will admit I have been a little overwhelmed with symptoms that can apply to many issues. Your guidance and advice to a greenhorn like myself would be greatly welcomed. I will do my best to state things clearly to make it easier for you all to help me troubleshoot. Thanks in advanced for everything. ORIGINAL SITUATION -I had 3 very healthy and beautiful hens. One silver laced Wyandotte and two rhode island reds. They were the picture of health for about 16 weeks. - I decided that I would like a total of 5 hens so I found someone in Brooklyn that was selling pullets on craigslist. I thought that getting pullets would be easier that to have to start with chicks again. -I picked up the two new hens (1 barred rock and 1 red sex link) and as soon as I got home I noticed they looked very different that my birds. They had pale combs and wattles, lethargic, unbalanced..etc. After having them in the same coop as my hens for 2 -5 days I noticed that they both had mites, lice and one of them (red sex link) was sneezing and had discharge from her nostrils. - after about 3-6 days in coop I isolated both birds in dog kennel. MISTAKES: -Among the many mistakes I have made, I have learned that not isolating the 2 new hens for 30 days was a severe mistake. -I'm pretty sure I will learn of other mistakes and please do not hesitate to tell me because I will use all these negative experiences as a learning experience. CURRENT SITUATION -The two new hens are still in isolation. The barred rock that was barely moving is now active and the red sex link is also very active and eating well. -The red sex link still has mucus discharge from her nostrils but not as bad as before -The barred rock still has pale comb but no evidence of discharge from nostrils or breathing problems. -One rhode island red has dischrge from nostrils and left eye. Left eye also has bubbles. She has very intermittent cough. I have held her close to my ear and I hear no rattling. -One silver laced also has discharge from nostrils no effect on eyes. No evidence of coughing -Second rhode island red shows no symptoms. - nostril discharge does not seem to have foul smell. Although I have no reference. ACTION TAKEN: -Isolation of two new hens although sickness spread due to initial contact with healthy flock. -Used old dominican republic farmer advice and rubbed lemon on nostrils of all chickens, careful to use a new piece for each -Started supplementing feed with mash made out of carrots, yogurt, kale. Have also kept giving them supply of herbs, kale, dandilions, fennel, mint, sorrel, comfrey and anything that I can spare from my herbs and garden. -cleaned entire coop. -Have alternated adding garlic and apple cider vinegar to water. - Bathed new chickens with soap and also provided a deep soak with water and apple cider vinegar. -Performed multiple dust (wood Ash, sand and DE) baths to all chickens. Original three never seem to have gotten lice. -Mites and lice seem to have been eliminated on new hens. Healthy chickens . This is the Rhode Island red without any bubbles in left eye Just chicken chillin These are the two new additions after some TLC. Still have a long way to go in my opinion This is Rosalba With her issues. By this time I have heard her cough about 5 times and she has had discharge from nostrils for about a week and discharge from eye for about 3 days Please help my chicks and I with a plan of action to resolve matters. I would prefer to try everything before antibiotics if it is possible but if that is the only solution I will walk that road.