Hi, I am new here and in search of some help! Hopefully I will familiarize myself a little more at another time. Here's the gist of it. We were given 4 laying hens. I added two hens (a French Maran and a Delaware) successfully to the flock. This was last September. Last month, my husband wanted to add 4 more and we bought them and kept them in a separate coop for a couple of weeks when my husband decided he was too impatient to keep them quarantined for at least 30 days. He kept them in the coop at night but let them out to forrage with our existing flock. A week or two later (on Saturday), I had a French Maran drop dead. She basically looked like she was having trouble breathing and I thought she was sleeping! But when I looked at her closer, it was clear there was something wrong. Then she went into spasms and just died. Her comb was purple but I thought this had to do with her dying. This hen never laid a single egg as far as I know. I never saw any "chocolate" colored eggs. So I thought *maybe* there was a chance that may have had something to do with it. Maybe she had some sort of abnormality. Today my daughter (5) noticed another hen "sleeping" and acting funny. I went out there and sure enough, her eyes are closed. She has these long crusty strings coming from her beak and when I looked closer, she looks like she may be foaming at her beak. I have a banty that has been very broody the past week or so and this sickly looking hen is perched up in the nest with the banty. When I looked at the banty, she looks OK at the beak but her comb is loosing color and almost purple as well as completely flopped over. I don't know what to do! This is our first chicken experience... I hope you can at least advise me on whether or not I can "save" them. If I should just quarantine the sick ones, etc. What kind of housing would they need in the mean time... yady yadda yadda. I am afraid my whole flock is going to die. I've contacted a local farmer who raises both broilers and chickens for eggs. I'm waiting to hear back from her in regards to a possible vet who can help.