This is my very first post and I'm so bummed that it's to report that we've already lost two of our six baby chicks that we got two days ago. When I picked them up from Tractor Supply, I didn't get to pick them out other than breed (Red Sex Link) and I wish I had spoken up about it. I checked the chicks out when we got home 20 minutes later and one chick clearly had a bad case of pasty butt. She died two hours later and my ten year old daughter had a rude awakening to #farmlife. We'll be having a ceremony for the little chick tonight.
Yesterday, I noticed that one appeared runty in comparison to the others and wasn't interested in eating or drinking, just sleeping. I gave her a bit of sugar water hoping to perk her up but she was gone this morning. She'll be joining the other in our ceremony tonight but I haven't told my daughter yet.
We have a great setup. Large bin, heat lamp with a thermometer that registers about 95 degrees in the warmest section, draft free area of the room, plenty of space to run around, clean food, water with electrolytes and probiotics. The chicks themselves seem comfortable. I don't notice them huddling for warmth; they just bunch together when they sleep.
I bought six with the hopes that we'd have four. We have four after two days. If I felt the need to add a few more chicks, is it difficult to add them to chicks that are a little older?