Hi fellow Chicken Mamas, I just got a new batch of chicks. A buff orpington, a lakenvelder, and a Minorca I had silkies a couple of years ago but they contracted Mareks and died I'm hoping this crew will be heartier. We live on a lake in St. Augustine (with the Intracoastal a couple of blocks away) so there are always several species of wild birds close by. I also experienced mites last time. I dusted my birds with d earth but it didn't seem to help Im fairly new to chicken raising so Any advice is appreciated.