This section on 'Diseases', etc. is like one nightmare after another. If you wanna get neurotic and paranoid, this is a good place to come. (esp. if you're a worrier like me!) I know many people who have raised chickens for decades and haven't had problems such as i've seen on this section. BUT, i woiould like to suggest that maybe chickens AREN"T so disease prone and what we see on this section are INDIVIDUAL CASES from thousands of people scattered all over N. American and elsewhere. That is a different case. So good reader, what has been your experience? Has it been a nightmare? Are your birds regularly getting resp. illnesses for example? Do you disagree with the statement "chickens are so disease-prone?" Why am i asking this? BECAUSE i got out of chickens over two years ago, because of what seemed to be respiratory disease issues and what i perceived as the frailty of chickens. I went to ducks. BUT, now i am coming back to chickens only since, in spite of it all, they will be more cost effective and less labor intensive that the awesome ducks. But i feel a little bit nervous as i contemplate the 'Laryngo.........CRD..........Coryza' Specter looming before me. My decision is made either way. Can you put me at ease or confirm my fears? thanks alot!