Everyone always looks forward to a better year when a new one rolls around. I am no different. However, I'm wondering if the year starts out the way this one is if that's a sign things will just continue to get worse or if we have the worst now and the best later?!?!?! Ok, so attitude is also important... so I'm keeping my spirits up and thanking God for protecting this family from the things unseen! Monday my step-daughter came to live with us the rest of the school year. Over the last few weeks her and her mom have been dealing with lice on her... We have not gotten them here and there are 4 of us... BUT apparently the last treatment they did on Sunday did not get rid of all the eggs as she has them again. Just what I wanted to deal with... Then last night when I got home from work the Roo was going NUTS! Litterally crowing like crazy and it was dark! I thought, what in the world... I was headed out with some lettuce and to collect eggs. As I approached the coop, (our house perimeter lights were on so I could see) the Roo and the girls were outside already... I noticed one of my loverly Polish was what appearded to be laying on the ground and not moving. I called her name and nothing. Oh, no! So I went in the run and sure enough, she was dead. I have no idea what it could have been. She was only 9 months old, and never showed any signs of sickness. This morning I went out to check on them and one of my RIR's was jsut sitting in the doorway of a nesting box all puffed up. Before I approached her, I looked around the coop and saw a few bright red spots on the bedding. Then I picked her up, she didn't even protest, (those girls don't like being touched), and her left foot was covered in a bloody looking poo. So... what in the world could it be... I have her isolated now and we're going to treat for Coccidiosis. I've never wormed the girls so maybe that's my problem. (I'll post the last part under the diseases section too to get some thoughts there...) So as you can see... I'm ready for good!