I'm afraid this is going to sound like many other long, hopeless posts, and there may be little useful advice you can offer, but I'm desperate. My wife and I started a small urban chicken flock in Seattle in April. We got 3 chicks from a local feed store, and all of them grew into healthy young birds. The only problem was that 2 of the 3 "sexed pullets" were cockerels. Familiar story right? That sent us into chicken swapping mode since we can't have roosters in town. That's when the problems started. We replaced our two cockerels with pullets of similar age about 6 weeks ago, both from different sources, but apparently healthy. We also picked up a fledged bantam chick who was too cute to resist. The banty, who was segregated from the standard birds, got sick after about two weeks, and quickly died. The symptoms were classic severe Coccidiosis - lethargy, shivering, bloody droppings, cold feet. We took her to the vet, but it was too late. They said she had nearly bled out internally and euthanized her. We also learned a painful lesson about urban small animal vets and chickens - my wife took in a sick bird and came home with an empty cage and a $160 bill. We felt both sad and used. The vet confirmed Coccidia from a fecal sample we brought in from our other birds, and strongly suggested we bring the rest of our flock in. They would not reccomend any treatment without a full examination of each and every animal (at $35/each). After consulting with chicken owners we know, we obtained some Sulfamet from a feed store and treated our birds according to the directions. All was well for about a month. During this time, we observed occassional loose droppings in the coop, but never blood. Our 3 pullets seemed healthy. A week ago, we noticed that our last original bird was not right. She was sleeping all the time, even when we let them out to forage in the yard, and was visibly weak. Her droppings were runny, but not excessively so. We started another treatment with the Sulfamet, but by nightfall of the same day she was dead. The other two still seemed fine, and we took them off the Sulfamet Friday, after the usual treatment regime for Coccidia. Yesterday, one of them started acting sick. She wandered the yard with the other hen, ate grass and bugs and scratch we offered, but was slightly lethargic. This morning she couldn't stand. She is now inside where it is warm, but alternates sitting quietly with occassional flapping of wings and scratching. She occassionally falls over. Her droppings appear normal. I have no idea what to do. Our other bird is active, even rowdy, and started laying about 10 days ago, though we are tossing the eggs because of the Sulfamet. She seems completely normal, other than fussing a lot about being alone in the coop. Any ideas at all? We built a beautiful, weather tight coop for them. We let them roam the yard when we are home. No pesticides or fertilizers have ever been used here. I know sudden death happens to all chicken flocks on occassion, but this run of trouble has us rethinking whether this is even worth it. We can't spend hundreds of dollars on vet bills monitoring their health. Are there any meds we should have on hand or other standard measures for sickly birds? The go down so quickly. Do chickens ever recover from anything? Thanks for any tips.