Man I really didn't quit understand how much there was/is to learn about my girls! This site is invaluable.... I have to close my flock as of today ,and I've only just got my girls in late June, they are only about, 7 months old and They are just developing a respiratory infection illness of some type...UUGGGHHHH.....I really don't want to cull any of my girls.. I only have three.. It started about a week ago with one of them just sneezing here and there. I've been keeping an eye n her.. I've notice vent gleet and was just starting to treat that with Apple cider vinegar and adding oatmeal to their diet.. I thought maybe she was allregic to the pine shavings or the hay in the run, So that is both going tomorrow,regardless. Now, I've noticed all o them are sneezing, and the original girl is now .. coughing?.And her cluck sounds congested and stuffy.. There has not been any discharge as of yet and their eyes are not goopey at all either. They seem to have healthy appetites and are not lethargic yet.....but i fear it's coming... I'm so lost!. There Isn't an Avian vet near me and they are a mint from what I hear. I'm a quick study and have been researching the snot out of every thing. They are not pets but i do care about them. If i let them too close it will be too hard for me to cull if need be as I am a huge softy. There are so many different things that could be gong on. I now know for sure it's a respiratory issue... I was trying to stay away from anti-biotics but now it seems there is no choice. What would you all suggest.. I can look up the dosing ect. What would you guys do in my situation? My Hubby and i will be locking the girls in the run for the day and I will muck out the coop, I have an incredible natural essential oil antibacterial anti-virus cleaner in alcohol as well as a weak bleach. solution clean the bejeejee out of the coop and nesting boxes and replenish the litter with balsam . Then the next day I will lock the girls in their nice clean fresh dis infected coop and attack the run. Muck out the old hay,, clean and disinfect, spray my solution let it dry and re introduce them out side once its dried out after 2 or three days??? We are going to start all this tomorrow after i get home from work... Sorry for th long winded post! Thank you in advance!!!