I received 10 Barnevelders and 12 filler males ( Australorps I believe) on Friday evening. I ordered them from Ideal Poultry and was expecting them to ship in May. They arrived at the Post Office at 7 pm after over 48 hours in shipping. Fortunately the post man called me and said he would wait around for me to pick them up. Well, 3 dead chicks in the box and 2 dying. I lost one of the already weak ones Friday night. The other weak one died Saturday morning. All the chicks looked good ( eating, drinking, no signs of coccidia, no pasty butt) but this morning I found another listless chick that eventually died. There is another chick that looks like it is getting weak ( not standing upright and sleeping as much as the other chicks will allow him).
They are in a plastic brooder, well ventilated, heat is at a constant 95 degrees, pine shavings with paper towels on top, clean water that is changed several times a day. I can't figure out why they are dying like this. Could it be shipping shock or should I be worried about them being ill. No symptoms really other than the chick becomes listless and dies. Any suggestions? Ideal Poultry is closed not eh weekends so I haven't been able to talk to them yet.