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

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by happyhensny, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. happyhensny

    happyhensny Brown Barns Farm

    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. [​IMG] 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?

  2. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    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.
  3. happyhensny

    happyhensny Brown Barns Farm

    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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