This morning we suffered our first ever chick casualty. I went out to check our 9 week olds in the garage and one was dead. I have no idea why. I am disappointed and was sad, but we have done pretty well up until now. A bit later I decided to put the rest of them outside for awhile inside the baby gate/yard that we use to keep chicks safe while they are getting outside time. We only had them set up outisde for a few minutes when DH heard them fussing and when he went to check on them there were bees swarming around them inside the gate. We quickly moved the chicks and then realized that the bees were coming up out of the ground where we had the gate set up. First, do bees sting chickens? Could this be the cause of our fatality since we had them in the same spot yesterday? I am hoping that none of them actually got stung today and they all seem fine right now. Other than this I have no explaination for the one that died.