well, our buff cochin chick, Poppy, passed away today. I'm really sad about it, and now Pumpkin(her sister) is lonely in the brooder. We don't know why she died... My dad always noticed that she wasn't eating as much as Pumpkin, who is about a week older. Her crop(food sack) was empty a lot, even though she had fresh Chick Started Feed any time she wanted. and she ALWAYS had fresh water to drink. But today, my dad found her in bad shape in the brooder box. Her eyes were half-closed, and her mouth was open. She was looking like she would fall over any minute. So, my dad separated her from Pumpkin, and placed her in a separate box...he mixed the chick starter feed with the fresh water and dipped her beak in it several times once and a while, so she could eat/drink. She started acting normal again, after 2 full hours of my dad nursing her. But then a little while later, he heard flapping in the box, looked in, and she was dead.