This is a bit of a long post, BUT, I believe there will be some great comments and lessons to be had from it, so please bear with me. I have lost 2 birds in the past two weeks. Symptoms started out as "droopy" birds, loose watery poop...combs drooped to the side..and birds not eating. Birds would spend most all of their time sitting, sometimes with eyes closed. When they got up they seemed week. Birds roosted on the ground. from onset to death is about a week. I feed scratch mix ....my last bag had molasses in it...(not used to seeing that in chicken feed). I also mix my scratch mix with laying pellets. My Birds are 2 years old. I put Sule Met in the water, used the chick saver electrolytes...but both followed the same pathway. I keep my feed inside a building out of the elements with the tops covered 100% of the time. The containers are metal garbage cans that were very clean, one never used for anything but chicken feed. I spoke to a Dr. at the Dept of Agriculture in my state and she offered me some information that I wanted to post for comment from those in BYC Land. First...she said that should not feed scratch....only the laying mash as the scratch diluted the nutritional value of the feed. Second...Do not use metal cans as they can precipitate moisture which leads to mold. Next...NO MOLASSES....she said that she didnt understand why molasses was in there to begin with and shouldnt be. she says it causes every other animal to have diarrhea...and probably did the same to the chickens. Next... I have read here many times and other places that Garlic is a great de wormer for chickens. She was not familiar with this and states that should use a commercially availiable de wormer for the birds. Plan is to have an agent come and swab the birds for avian flu and to collect stool specimens. for 55 bucks I can have my feed tested, which, I am considering. Now...any comments on what you may feel was going on with my birds......I welcome. Any comments on the information from the Agriculture agent....I welcome.