Hi all, some info to share and seeking some advice... Back when we knew absolutely nothing about chickens we got into some hatching for a guy and ended up with a bantam hen. He gave us two more who were taken by hawks while we were in the yard w them. Our original hen was left. These banties were house chickens who lived in a stylish rabbit cage. I think banties are a perfect house bird. Clueless, we were eager to find her a pal and we ended up at this crazy farm w pens & pens of ducks & chickens. He gave us two banties who he said were youngsters. One laid an egg the following day lol. The other started limping. I thought she hurt her leg. In a short time she was lame & in a sling. I'm nuts about animals & will do anything for them I can. Then I researched and learned about Mareks. Ugh. Moonie, the lame girl was put down with much heartache. We figured since our original hen was two she'd be ok after being exposed. The other hen from the farmer was fine. This week our original hen got very ill. I thought it was sour crop. It was. But at the vet I learned she was full of tumors - causing the sour crop. I am sure the tumors are from Marek's and even though she was not a chick, it killed her. She wasn't vaccinated since we hatched her & I thought it only killed chicks. She was 4 when she died this week. I'm heartbroken. So just a head's up that Marek's can and does kill older birds. And what looks like sour crop could be caused by something more serious. The vet could feel many grape-sized tumors in her bottom. She was starving, in pain and I didn't know it. Feel around in your ill birds for lumps. Maybe you can help to avoid suffering that will come. Now for my dilemma - I have one house hen w Marek's. She's here w us in the house w our dog. Is it safe for us to inhale the dander? I hope so bc she's lived inside for 2 years. And even tho she's alone she does have us right here. I don't want to expose another chicken and she's about 3 or 4 so I don't expect her to live a long time w Marek's. Would you put her down now or let her be? When she sees me now that she's alone she purrs and chirps like when she finds a fat grub. She's happy she's not alone and busy with a long molt. We can handle her, she's very tame even tho she was a "wild" chicken when we got her. I love chickens. These two have been part of my heart and I love them. But chicken keeping is hard when you let them in your heart. They don't live long enough. Thanks for listening.