I had 3 silkies shipped to me last week. They are between 4-6 months of age. They arrived this last Tuesday. Two days after they arrived, I noticed they were sneezing. Guessing shipping stress?? Then, the next day, two of them were stretching their necks up high in the air and opening their beaks in a wide yawn. They seem congested. This Thursday (Thanksgiving) I called around trying to hunt down something stronger than Duramycin and could not find anything locally. I called a local pigeon breeder instead in a panic and he gave me some of his Doxycycline. (1 teaspoon per gallon of water). They started that drug (Doxy) late Thursday evening. Since then, they have gotten no worse. But I don't think they are doing any better, either. They don't seem like they are stretching out their necks like they were, but they are still sneezing and from time to time, I notice one of them panting. They are also shaking their heads-- a LOT. But the panting is only occassional. Still, I'm very worried! Now, today, I notice that one of them has a very poopy butt! Still lots of head shaking today. I'm guessing the drug in their water is keeping them from getting worse... but I don't know that it's really helping them much, either. Do I wait this one out?? Give the Doxy more time to work? (This would be day 3 of the drug) I'm willing to take them to the vet in the morning. If I do, what do I tell my vet to give them? Can something like amoxicilin be combined with the Doxy?? Please give me ideas here on what to do with them. Thanks! Oh-- no blood in the poop, and the poop seems normal except for the one that has the yucky poopy butt.