Lost one of the meaties this morning... When I went down to feed them I noticed one was really lethargic, just laying with it's head down so I knew something was wrong. I brought it up and put it under the second heat lamp in a box so I could try to feed it some electrolyte water. It was too far gone, I'm thinking it was on the bottom of the chick pile last night. I'm going to hang the second light down in the big brooder and keep them spaced apart to try to avoid the nightly chick pile. Hubs and I are fine, even the girls (6 and 3yo) handled the death really well. The DOG is devastated! She's still pacing around where we tried to save the chick, I've never seen such sad puppy eyes as when the little chick convulsed and died. She still tried to push it with her nose to coax it to get back up, it was the saddest thing ever. I never would have thought that a 9 year old dog would ever get so attached to baby birds.
Starting fermented feed today, so they'll still be eating dry for the next 2 days. There are a few other Cornish Roasters that are looking less vibrant than the others, think it would help to put Sav-A-Chick electrolytes in the big waterer? Anything else I can do for them?