I'm feeling rather discuraged right now. I lost another chick yesterday...no idea what happened...I let mama and three chicks out and she only had two when she came in for the night. This fall I've had two mothers with four chicks each, and I am down to two. 1 didn't get into the coop at about a week old, and although I found it and stuck it under mama it didn't make it, a few days later a second one was dead in the nest. A dog killed 3. and 1 just disappered, at about two months old. Is it just bum luck? The way it goes when you free range? Am I doing something wrong? I had good survival rates with the store baught ckicks this spring...but they were also several hours worth of work EACH DAY--maybe you get out what you put in? I do nothing for these guys but thow them food and at first I would make sure they all got in at night. I do NOT want to go back to tubs of chicks in the basement, please tell me it will go better in spring, barring more dog attacks!