I am crushed. One of my nearly eight month old red star hens has developed Marek's Disease. I was uncertain what was wrong with her at first and was treating her as if she was eggbound, then removed her from my little flock of seven when she was depressed and the others started picking on her. Now, a week later, she has full-blown Marek's symptoms. She has leg and wing paralysis but I am cleaning her bum and she is eating and drinking as long as I offer it to her several times a day. She rests and looks as comfortable as possible and she only give little clucks when I pick her up to clean her. The others are fully exposed. There is no way that they were isolated from her when she was in her earlier symptoms, although she's been separate for a couple of weeks. It's devastating because these little girls were raised from three days old and have been sound as a dollar. I keep my coop aired and clean and they receive fresh food and water and are free range in an area most of the day. Unfortunately I inadvertantly added three little Dutch Bantams to the flock prior to knowing that Fannie was ill with Marek's. Now I've risked my three darling little banties to it. I've been researching euthanization techniques for Fannie. Poor girl... and I've been thinking that I'd better get good at it if I have to put all my chickens down. I'm researching Marek's and will become an expert on it before the end of this. My poor little friends.