I recently had an outbreak of respiratory infection that affected my entire flock. They were all very sick with thick mucous discharge, severe lethargy, wheezing, and coughing. Also the discharge had a very bad odor. The roosters where unable to crow. I researched remedies and posted on one of the threads for ideas of how to treat my chicken family. In the end I decided to try the natural approach because the antibiotics that are available seemed to be a little dangerous if not given right. The natural approach worked great!! So I want to share it with everyone. This is what I did: Crushed ( 7) 1000 mg vitamin c tablets.(one for each chicken) added two to three tablespoons of cinnamon to the powder and mixed it in chick starter. I put the mixture in their food pan. I also added electrolytes to their water. Their symptoms improved the 1st day and I continued the above regimen for one week. Every one recovered fully! I have to add that after the 1st dose of my mixture all of the chickens where acting normally by the end of the 1st day! The roosters were even crowing normally again. The congestion and mild sneezing or coughing continued for 3 or 4 days however the congestion no longer had an odor and was mainly clear discharge. After the 5th day all symptoms seemed to be gone but I continued the treatment for 3 more days just to make sure. If anyone else has used this method to treat illness please let me know. I am curious to see if it was just a fluke or if it is a great home remedy.