Hi - this is my first experience raising more than dozen chicks at a time and I'm running into some problems. This is also my first post - so sorry if it's long! I received 104 day old Bob-white quail chicks on Tuesday (3 days ago) - they all lived through the first night with no problems but now they are slowing dying off a couple per day (so far I've lost 11). They are housed in my garage in two 30 gallon containers (about 50 chicks in each) with a red heat lamp at one end and the temperature is reading around 95-99 degrees directly under the lamp - when the chicks sleep they form a crescent shape around the "hot area". They are currently on shavings. Each container has a quart waterer with the base filled with pebbles and an extra large thick paper plate filled with food crumbles. I gave them sugar water the first two days and let them devour the green gel that came with them. I have been grinding up game bird starter crumbles in a food processor to make it smaller (though I only started that this morning after reading some other posts). I also chopped up a cooked egg and added it to their feed (1 day ago). When I observe them they seem to be eating and drinking normally. I check on them every few hours and give them fresh water and feed several times a day. Only twice did I notice that a chick was sick before it died and I pulled it out and tried to nurse it separately (hand feeding on paper towels etc) both times I was unsuccessful. They always look dead when they are sleeping so I think I may be missing the sick ones. There are two problems I notice. First there is a fair amount of toe picking going on. I pulled out 7 chicks that had bleeding feet this morning and they are recuperating separately while their toes scab up. Only one of the dead chicks had bleeding feet. Second - all of the chicks look wet (though they don't seem to be to the touch) - they just don't have that fluffy appearance a chick should have? Hopefully this is enough information to help me! I realize some chicks will die no matter what - but I want to give them the best chance I can! Thanks!