I got home from vacation last night and am wishing I had never gone. My sister was taking care of my flock, a rather labor intensive job in the hellish heat of Las Vegas right now, and I'm grateful but I am freaking out. I expected the panting...it's hot! I knew that some were starting to moult too. What freaked me out was the sneezing and gurgling...like a real congested, raspy breathing. The worst were a couple of the 16 wk olds that I had introduced to my main flock 2 wks ago (at which time I took them off the medicated feed). Lucy is the worst. She is sneezing, wheezing and has boogers. She's hot and panting, but her open mouth was very wet...not normal. She is still very active, walking around, drinking, not sure yet if she's eating and I didn't see any abnormal poos either. They have a henhouse with lots of ventilation, and a covered run. We don't have to worry about many predators here, but the doves were eating us out of house and home. Many of the chickens choose to sleep in the run on roosts placed throughout. The bedding is mostly sand with some shavings mixed in. Very occasionally I will let them out to "free-range" in the backyard. I have a mister in the run that I think my sister was allowing to stay on too long. I usually will turn it on for 3-5 minute intervals several times a day to allow the ground to dry between uses or else it only dries on top and they can't even dust bathe very efficiently. I hope that some of this is because of that, but I'm afraid that it might be the hens I got from a friend. I've been to her house and flock tons of times for months and figured that if her flock had something it would've shown up by now so I didn't quarantine the ladies. When I left they were all fine, but at least one of them is sneezing, too. She's not the worst affected...just some sneezing. I am so dumb and now my flock is gonna pay for it! I will seperate Lucy along with a couple other sneezers in a dog cage so I can monitor the eating and poo. I will get some yogurt. I will go and get some POLYVISOL (I hope) and the good ACV with mother in it for the water. Should I put them back on the chick feed? It's medicated. I'm so sad and freaked out. As if struggling through the heat wasn't enough! I'm not financially able to take them to a vet so...should I just cull? Is everyone affected or just those that are sneezing? Help?!?