Well, two weeks in and I've lost my first pullet...Autumn was a Welsummer who developed a bit of a sneeze about a week ago. I didn't think too much of it seeing as it didn't seem to be getting any worse and then yesterday I noticed her nostrils were quite clogged with mucous that had a bit of a foul odour to it. This morning she was listless and wasn't able to hold her head up for long. I took her to the vet and he confirmed a respiratory disease which is likely going to spread through the flock. Unfortunately, he had to put her down and I've now been given a course of antibiotics to give the remaining pullets for 2 weeks - water soluble doxycycline... His advice was that if any others show signs of sneezing, I am to separate them from the group asap. With any luck, it's just bacterial and it will not affect any others. The vet also told me that they advise never to consume the eggs but given this is the reason we have the chooks, I'm going to assume that once they start laying in a couple of months time, the residual affects of the drugs should have passed out of their system enough that they are safe to eat. None of the family are allergic to penicillin or anything so we shouldn't have any reactions if there is a minute amount of it in their eggs.