OK, finally had a chance to do some research on this, which raises some questions....what I read indicates that this is passed from mother to chick via the egg. The chicks then spread it laterally amongst themselves. I cannot find any reference to spreading amongst adult chickens. Can adult chickens spread it to each other? Or do some/ or all develop resistance by a certain age? We still have not heard back from the state re the test results, but I can see why they'd be looking at SP; I guess it also attacks the joints in addition to all the organs.