Well, as I'm typing Infectious Coryza has taken out most of our flock and the other ones that are still hanging on are set to be culled this afternoon. We are absolutely devastated. Of course I found this forum waaaay too late and we had bought quite a few full grown laying hens at an auction. So now we are out $$$ for these hens, and have the stress of getting to know and love them and now having to watch them die. How do you start over? Is it even possible? We have a huge coop and run and these chickens have free ranged over about an acre. How do we ever get it "clean" for new chickens?? I'm also committed to ONLY buying from reputable breeders, but is it "safer" to buy hatching eggs? Can I buy chicks or is that a no-no as well? I guess I just need help trying to figure out what steps I need to go through to clean things up and start over.