I think when one chick dies you might think about genetics but when 4 die, then I would correct environment and also look for signs of illness.
Thank you OPA for the information on the pine shavings. I had no idea that there were two kinds of pine shavings. We've had chicks on shavings for 11 years with no trouble but perhaps Angela got a bag of pine shavings that was different.
Could she have gotten CEDAR shavings which are more toxic?
Nova's thought of bad feed is a good one. They might all become ill however if the feed were bad.
I am interested to know if they are still in a clean brooder or if they have been outside where they might start to run into different bacteria.
Also, Are the chicks on medicated chick starter to prevent the growth of cocci?
Edited by chicken grandma - 3/24/12 at 3:28pm