Okay, So we have 12 wk old Cuckoo Marans and New Hampshire Reds... Yesterday we sold 4 maran hens, and last night they all huddled and did not eat much at all. I was taken back by how hard they were taking the "loss". This morning we awoke to three dead, some mopey, and some moseying about... I immediately started moving the birds out of the pen to free range in the back yard so I could clean up the dead birds and figure all this out. Meanwhile, when I picked up a small rooster, he squealed and spit out clear liquid, when I looked the mopey chicks had clear liquid on the tip of the beaks. I read through several sites, and called both animal control and disease control (as well as the lady who bought the 4 hens). I have cleaned all feeding and watering containers. I have provided apple cider treated water. It was the only one of the suggested remedies other than cleaning and decontaminating that I had on hand. I lift the drippy chicks in the pen... I don't have another place to set them aside only one or two carriers. I gave them fresh cider water in cleaned containers. (Clean meaning freshly scrubbed. Because we are cleaning them and giving fresh water every other day.) I check them in between and interact with them daily. Until we sold the 4 hens there was no sign of illness. HELP! We have other animals and I don't want it to carry on, but am not 100% sure what it is based on online reading it could be a myriad of things. Does anyone know someone experienced with chickens in the Charlotte area that might take a look? If I have to have the rest put down, I don't know what my options are.. I've already been researching processing options for if we didn't get them sold. We hoped all would sale as chicks and only set up coop to house 4 for long term, and have been refitting food and water systems to accommodate more for longer. Meanwhile, the chickens have remained in a covered penned area. I know this is long but I'm trying to be clear and complete. The plan until we get someone who is experienced with chickens is to let them free range. We have 14 left with 3 acting like they won't make it. The rest are spending a lot of time resting ...one or two at a time seems go about pecking. THANKS for any help!