I have been reading the threads so much...I was wondering is this normal for so many people to have such sick chicks this often? So far I have been really lucky I just let the chickens be chickens other than the petting, holding and snuggling part. I am sure most farmers don't really snuggle their chickens. I am a huge animal lover though and I cant help it. But I am started to wonder why so many are getting sick? Is there like up years and really down years or is this all the time it is happening? I guess it depends on how your introducing to your new flock. I have a separate building that I put new chicks in and they don't touch the ground until they have the all clear. When they have the all clear then I move them to the back with the other chicks to free range. I know I have read some people use different shoes and we have started doing that at the front door is our traveling shoes, at the back door is our farming shoes. We also change clothes...before handling and after. I have now about 10 bottles of hand sanitizer that are placed all over the place I worry about transmitting viruses new chicks may have to others. Am I worrying to much?