Recently it appears lots of posting about respiratory illnesses and treatment. I understand that in many, if not most, resp illnesses that recovered birds remain carriers. I recently purchased 2 birds that during quarantine, showed signs of illness. Luckly for those birds, I mentioned having sick birds and not knowing what I was gonna do with them to a friend and she offered to take them. I explained that even if they recovered, they would still infect others. Her reply was she already had chickens that had been sick and that all her chickens ran together, sick or not. Basically, at any given time, she has sick birds running around. She doesnt treat them, she says they just get over it. She doesn't sell any, or give any away, she just enjoys them. So, I gave her my chickens. My question is, how many of you keep sick chickens? Meaning, if your flock develops a resp disease, do you just deal with it even if it means never having a healthy flock again? She seemed happy with her choice in keeping sick birds.