Hello - I am new to the forum and have a big problem that I need lot's of advice to solve I am new to chickens, I bought baby chicks about two weeks ago. I read up on how to raise chickens, anything I could get my hands on I read and have followed. I have a nice box, with a warm and cozy red heat lamp, pine shavings, feeder, waterer, plenty of space, my chicks have it all. I bought 7 chickens, 1 production red, 1 barred rock, 1 blue andalusion, 1 speckled sussex and 3 ameracaunas. The barred rock was generally small and seemed overly sleepy, though I may have gotten a bantam and the sleepiness was no real concern since it was only a couple days old! Over the next few days she really didn't grow like the other ones, again thought it was just that she may be a bantam, but then she started struggling to get up, her feet were curled up and she just kinda scooted around. I looked online and thought it was "curled toe" and went as far as making some splints for her to help her walk. It did seem to help a little and she improved the next day. Well, another of my chicks, the production red started becoming unsteady on her feet, falling over and letting the other chicks walk all over her!! I separated her to keep her from being stomped on and she was even worse than the one I had originally been concerned about. She was not able to walk, both her feet are stuck out in front of her and she can't get them under her to get up and they both just lie there doing nothing! Well today another TWO of my chicks are starting with the same symptoms that my first two REALLY sick ones had when they first got sick and these are my blue andalusian and one ameracauna. I now have three boxes of separated chicks a box with the really sick ones, the potentially sick ones and the as far as I know healthy ones! All these sick chicks are just two weeks old now, and this is becoming an epidemic. I am super upset about these little ones and no one has really had answers for me. I have gotten vitamins thinking it could be riboflavin deficiency, antibiotics in case it is coccidiosis or anything else that could be treated with anitbiotics. I've talked to the people I bought them from and the general answer is that sometimes baby chicks die. They aren't dying, yet, but a disease is obviously spreading through from bird to bird. I have placed food and water within reach of the ones that can't walk. They have an excellant appetite and eat and drink well, just can't get up . I think, from what I've read, it may be something called Avian encephalmyelitis. The symptoms are almost perfectly matching. It's one of the only other diseases I can find that effects very young birds(1-3 weeks old). Well to the point I guess. Has anyone ever seen or heard of this kind of thing?? Like I said, I am at a loss for this right now. I have tried everything. I was so excited get these little ones and now I am miserable trying to save them from some unknown horrible disease! They are separated and sad and it really is awful. They aren't suffering right now, they are being fed and watered and kept clean, I move them around a few times a day to keep them from getting uncomfortable. I feel like I may have to euthenize them if it doesn't improve. I just want answers more than anything. So if you have any insight into this, please let me know. They have all been quarantined, and bedding, food and water has been cleaned and refreched from the healthy to the sick already. Thanks for any answers or advice you may give.