Are certain breeds more "delicate" as chicks than others?

happyhensny

Brown Barns Farm
11 Years
Sep 23, 2008
2,939
15
221
near Albany, New York
I recently received some black and white silkies. I started out with 12 black and 10 white. Within the first 36 hours 3 black ones have died.
I've found the poor little things laying on the bottom. I have had chicks before. Correct temp, no drafts, medicated chick starter, vaccinated against Mareks. No touching. All the white ones are fine. Any suggestions?
 

cmom

Hilltop Farm
12 Years
Nov 18, 2007
22,502
13,004
641
Florida
My Coop
I had one die shortly after I got mine. I think maybe they were sick when you got them. I think mine was. I guess you will just have to wait and see if any others die. I didn't get mine vaccinated but did put them on medicated chick starter.
 

happyhensny

Brown Barns Farm
11 Years
Sep 23, 2008
2,939
15
221
near Albany, New York
Thanks Cmom. I feel terrible. I am not a tough one - death makes me very emotional. My DH tells me that with all these chickens I should try to toughen up a bit as sometimes bad things can happen after all my best efforts. Yeah, like I can not be upset!
 

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