I started my chicken flock on 7/1/09. Since then, I have watched 5 die and now my Penny (fav hen) is sick. She's lathargic, not eating much, puffed up feathers, and her chest feathers look like they have dried mucus on them. No other signs. I've done regimens with antibiotics & antibacterial meds from the Farmers co op (spent well over $100 in meds!) Nothing I have bought saved any of them! I'm tired of treating and treating with no results. I mean, how hard can it be to raise a chicken?? My aunt has had hers for a long time and all they get is some 55 gal barrels, a little straw, and a tarp to keep them dry. Barely any wind, rain, or snow break. I have an entire barn, rungs, nesting boxes, a roll down tarp to keep them warm, and cleaned often. I feed mine quality food every day. She throws some food in a ben and once a week checks on it. Don't get me wrong, she's not abusing the chickens in any way but she has NO maintainence and has eggs coming out her ears. I have everything in the world I can think of to make my chickens safe & happy; and they die. What the hell?? Sorry, I'm really frustrated and sad. There is no vet around me who does chickens. When I got them in July they were about 8-10 weeks old, so we'll say 2 months old. So they are about 9 months old now and I haven't seen not one egg yet! When will I see eggs?? medicate, medicate, medicate- still dying. Feed, feed, feed, no eggs. I could just cry!