I have been a proud chicken momma now, for about all of 4 weeks and two of my girls have now died. One was just so tiny she found a way out of the fence, and my own dog got her! I was devastated. However, the other sweet girl just died this morning. It first started on Friday, I was holding her and noticed tiny white bugs, did my research, treated for lice/mites. Saturday we built a sand bathing area for them because they did not seem to be bathing themselves properly so figured this would help with further lice/mite prevention. However, she also had a little bit of watery eyes, discharge, and was very calm...even lethargic perhaps (?). But still eating, social, talking, loving, etc.. On Sunday I called over a neighbor, we think for sure she had a few mites, but nothing extreme, AND for sure she also had avian pox, but also survivable, and just seemed very tired, stressed, and listless. We set her up in her own crate, and force fed her some water. By the end of the day, she was walking as if drunk, could barely stand, swayed her head as if dizzy, and would not eat or drink. This morning she was gone. I called a vet at A&M, and described all the above. He is too far for me to get to him before closing, for a necropsy. However, he thought she had Marek's disease from the swaying, dizzy, extreme lethargy, and trouble standing...but possibly also MG instead of/or as well as, from the discharge and bubbly wet eyes. Here is my question: I now have one hen left as a result. I know they are very social creatures. (she sat on the outside of the crate all night, and never went inside her own coop, to keep watch over the other) What do I do now? The vet said to wait a few weeks and see if the other chicken shows any sickness. If not, go ahead and get more chickens. That made me happy! However, now from everything I have read about, both Marek's and MG, I'm terrified to get new girls and possibly expose them. I have one lonely, so far very healthy, chicken. And I have one coop. What to do next? I can't possibly just have the one chicken. I don't have multiple coops or runs to keep another separate flock. I don't know for sure what she had, and both are contagious and both can remain in the environment. Now what?? Thank you.