We've had our chickens for 6-8 months and they've all seemed healthy. The hens lay eggs regularly and the eggs look fine. Then a week and a half ago, we went out around 2 and one of the black australorps was dead. All the chickens had appeared healthy that morning, walking around and scratching and drinking like they always do. There were no marks on her, no discoloration on her skin. This morning we lost another black. They all appeared fine when they went in the coop last night and all the hens had laid an egg yesterday. When my husband let them out this morning, she didn't come off the roost. He said she was weak and her breathing sounded labored. In retrospect, he said paralysis was not out of the question. He separated her into a dog kennel and she died a little later. He spent all morning on the phone, and I've been googling and searching and we're just confused. There are no vets in our area who handle fowl. That surprises me since we're a somewhat rural area, but vet after vet said the same thing. Most chicken operations are large corporations who get their feed shipped from a corporate warehouse and who have corporate staff vets. A vet-tech friend suggested West Nile when we lost the first chicken because she'd heard Nebraska was having an outbreak of it. From what I could find, and what the vets remembered as typical chicken diseases, it could possibly be fowl cholera. We don't want to hunt down antibiotics if it won't help, but we can't seem to find out much of anything. Any suggestions would be appreciated.