I picked up two new cockerels on Saturday hoping that in time, we'd have friendly half-Euskal Oiloa/half-Columbia Rock babies in a year. One of two was extremely timid and stayed in one corner - we figured that he was just shy and needed time to get used to his surroundings. Well, his lethargy was growing, and his comb started to pale. A wonderful vet came by to look at him just a few minutes ago and told us that he's got a bad case of worms and will be dead very shortly. She said that I should prepare a grave immediately. ARGH!!! I had a huge amount of trust in the breeder and so I had mixed the boys with my flock starting on Sunday. Now my beautiful, fat, healthy girls need deworming too and that's the part that frustrates me to no end. At the same time, I don't think they were given to me with any kind of malicious intent. She seems like a very honest person and I'll have to inform her because she may have an epidemic on her hands that she doesn't know about yet. But, I just want to remind everyone: PLEASE WAIT THE 30-45 DAYS BEFORE INTEGRATING NEW BIRDS! No matter what!