Please tell me that having chickens isn't all depressing. I just lost my Ameraucana the other night to who knows what illness. I found out yesterday my flock may have parasites, so I promptly started treatment. Now today I think my Splash Andalusian is showing signs of Marek's. ARGH! I just don't get what in the world I am doing wrong! I change their cage (7'x3.5' while the coop is being constructed) every 4 to 5 days. I change their water twice a day. I wash everything with dish soap each time I change the bedding. I'm using pine shavings. I have the food and water raised up off of the ground so they won't get 'mess' in it. I'm so drained by all of this work and all of the failure I'm seeing. It has been one thing after another this week. I am now terrified that I will lose my entire flock! I approached the guy at the Feed Store (where I bought 8 hens last week) yesterday to see if his birds were showing any signs of anything. He said no and found it amazing that I was having such a time as his brother in-law has 600 plus chickens with no such issues...like my hubby said, I am beginning to think this was a horrid idea. Thanks for letting me vent!