I just got my first chickens on Saturday. They are 8 mos old. I got 2 hens and 1 rooster. They were all fine the first day we had them and the next day, but Sun night I noticed our largest hen had 1 watery eye. Thought maybe she'd gotten something in it. On Mon, it was crusted shut, so I peeled it open and put a few drops of antibiotic eye drops leftover from when my kids had pink eye in. Eye was back to normal yesterday, but she was coughing. Today, the coughing is worse, she is lethargic, and she is also breathing with her mouth open and sounds very wheezy. I asked another mom at my ds's school what to do since she has chickens, she told me to do a search on electrolytes here. I did, but couldn't find the recipe, just tons and tons of posts saying they were using the electrolytes. Anyone have a link to the recipe? Anything else I should do for her? She was eating yesterday, doesn't seem to be today. Thank you! Update 9/13/10: I spoke with a vet at the state ag dept. I sent an email on the email form on the website sometime last week to ask if they could help me find a vet to test my animals in my area, and he emailed me to call him Fri. I left a msg and he called me back this morning. He said that it did sound very much like mycoplasmosis based on their symptoms, but without testing he couldn't guarantee that's what it was. Tylosin, which is what I have been giving them, is apparently the best/recommended antibiotic for mycoplasmosis, so thanks for recommending that! He recommended that since I have only 4 birds that I continue the tylosin for a full 7 days, and then repeat a week of antibiotics per month as necessary (only if they are still showing symptoms after the first round, but don't continue on the meds, give them a break.) He said since I only have 4 birds, and my immediate neighbors don't have chickens, the chances of transmission are very small, though they could be spreading it to wild birds. It is spread by aerosols or close contact, so I believe that means I can't carry it to another flock unless I wipe my bird's snotty beak on me and then rub someone else's bird on that spot within a couple hours. Not likely. lol. He said he thinks it's fine for me to keep them for eggs since their eggs are fine for consumption. They are only contagious while they are symptomatic. He said if we want more chickens in the future, we just need to know that any new birds are very likely to catch it eventually if we still have our current birds when we get them. He didn't seem to think it was a big deal since I have such a small non-commercial flock. Oh, and did you know that while there is a chance of passing the disease to chicks from mom through the egg, if you put the mother on antibiotics while laying eggs you want to hatch, the chance of passing it goes down to zero or close to it? So I guess if I decide I love these chickens so so much, but want to get more chicks, I have the option of putting them on the meds to lay some eggs, then culling them and hatching their eggs. Doubt I'll go through all that, though. We are renting our current place, and are planning to move in the spring, so I think we'll keep our chickies for eggs until then and cull them before we move so we can start over w/ a healthy flock in our new place.