I have been raising chicks for 6 months now and find that at least 1 or 2 die each go round...this time I have only 2 in the brooder brought them home Sunday, the Australorp was a few days older/bigger than the Jersey Giant and the JG was maybe 3 days old. The JG is failing as I write. I think I am doing everything right, but maybe I am overlooking something. Feeding them Nutrena medicated starter, with a little water in it to make it easier. Brooder temp kept at 95 1st week, and down 5 degrees weekly thereafter. Pine shavings. Clean water as needed/daily. Stuffed animal for comfort. I get all kinds of crazy thoughts when one starts dying..maybe I have a held her too much or too little, is there a chemical or gas in the house that affects them. Is the tap water too chlorinated? I gave watered down Poly-vi-sol no iron yesterday when I noticed she was slipping. When I brought her home she was sooo fiesty and great-I had no worries. No pasty butts or anything. Now I am going to have one lonely chick. Time to go back to the feed store I guess. Anyone have chicks for sale?? Well the point of my post, is do you all have the same mortality rate? If not, what are you doing that I'm not??? It breaks my heart to watch them die slowly and just lay there on their side like that helpless.