All 2 week + 3 days old. They are Easter Eggers and white sultans. All where well and lively at 9 AM at noon 2 of the Easter Eggers were dead near the feeder. The brooder is full of pine chips and there are some that got in the feeder.
Started with 18 birds. After the first week I turned down the temp of the heat lamp controller a little too much and the next morning there was a squished flat and dead sultan under the center of the sleeping pile. Turned lamp up 1/2 the difference. A few days later...
Fed the birds 1 square inch of well boiled potato and 1 boiled baby carrot on St. Patrick's day. 1 bird was paralyzed for the day and all birds became super sleepy. Next morning another sultan was dead and flattened under the sleeping area all other birds seemed recovered. A day or two later
Found 2 dead Eggers near the feeder and 1 sultan dead near the sleeping spot but not at the sleeping spot. Another day all are fine in the morning find a dead one near noon at the feeder. Autopsy reveals very full stomach with a piece large piece of grain in it but unobstructed airways. I've been grinding the feed but not sifting it and see that there are handfuls of feed to large. Remove feed from the brooder for 16 hours.
Side note: After removing the food replaced brooder with new bigger one clean newspaper below new pine shavings. Grab first chick and spend 7 seconds inspecting for health and place in the new brooder. All the other chicks going crazy and running to the sleeping / safe spot. Go to grab the next chick for transfer and find them all standing on an Egger lying on its back. Egger is breathing but unresponsive. Transfer all chicks to new brooder including the injured one next morning all chicks appear to be healthy and happy.
Put food back in brooder all sifted so ensure no large pieces at 9AM, at noon today 2 dead Eggers near the feeder.
They are checked for pasty butt 2x per day. All but 2 of them were clear of it after the first few days the remaining ones were clear of it a few days later. Water is elevated but accessible (they drink) and kept clean and filled. Food and Drink are kept away from the heat source / sleeping comfort area. Altitude is 7500 ft ambient air temp 70 degrees.
Feed is self made have been using it for 3+ years but only with adults, others have been using it too with no complaints, never been used for chicks before. 12%fat, 66%carbs, 21% protein. Contains: