My name is Susan, and I'm a 1.5 yr. backyard chicken veteran. It's been a fun and easy experience up to now. Reading the "How to Introduce New Hens into the Flock" tells me I have been lucky because we've broken every rule about increasing the flock. Fortunately, up to this point, it's all worked out fine. I just added 3 new hens to our existing flock of 5, and am hoping that they will all be fine again. But clearly, I have a lot of learning to do, and I look forward to learning from all of you. Current issues: One happy hen who, suddenly, is hoarse and occasionally mouthbreathes (just stared yesterday). I'm guessing Gape Worm or a Cold... there is no distress, she eats, has no discharge from anywhere and seems perfect except for the occasionally gaping mouth and hoarse sounding cluck. Any ideas? Thank you for being here!