Well, I got the initial report from the state lab on my 3 polish girls that died within 2 days. The doctor actually just called me too and we discussed a few things in the report. So, this is what it comes down to... All 3 had what is called Clostridial enteritis and severe typhlitis. Basically what that means is that they had an infection of a type of spore (not mold) that they picked up from the environment by scratching around in the dirt, and it gave them a case of anorexia. It also caused them issues where they were passing most of their feed whole, and getting very little nutrients from it. He said that 2 of them had empty crops, and one just had some dried grass and a few pellets, but probably because they didn't want to eat much when feeling bad. He also said they all had very little grit, which is another issue with this disease. All of them were filled with gas and bubbles, but he said he didn't think it was botulism, more the enteritis. Unlike necrotic enteritis, these ladies did not show any signs of lesions in their intestines. There are also a few ascarid eggs present in each one of them, but he said it was not an unhealthy amount, and told me NOT to worm them at this point until they are feeling better. He said it could do more harm than good, especially in this weather. He did say it is contagious in a fashion, as it is spread through feces that they walk in and scratch in, and that the best treatment right now is to get them on the medicated feed or penicillin, as well as keeping the coop super clean. He suggested the feed first though because it is easier for them to make sure they are getting enough to help them. He also suggested putting the BR flock on it as well since they share a divided coop (but not a run). He still has several tests pending, but said he will call me with an updated treatment plan once they come in. I do have a PDF copy of his report if anyone would like to see it for their own curiosity. I had to look up quite a few of the terms in there, but it is definitely an interesting read on chicken anatomy and poultry medicine. Just send me a PM with your email address and I'll shoot it over. So off to get some of the good medicated feed. All of the rest of the gang (the polish hen and roo, the 10 BR hens and the 1 Maran roo) are doing great this morning, so that makes me feel better. And having a good plan in place is helping me as well, and I have some closure about the girls. At least I know, and the kids know, we didn't do anything WRONG, and as much as it saddens me to know the girls were in some pain before they died, I keep looking at it like they were helping me to make sure everyone else gets and STAYS safe.