Hi, I am new here so here it goes, first post! I had two chicks 18 months ago which I raised in a brooder, they are now fabulous layers and are very happy indeed (Gladys and Mabel (; ) So, down to my first success I decided to get 5 more chicks this year. This did not go so well! I started with 5, two weeks ago. Thy all appeared fine, no symptoms, happy chicks. Due to the heat wave they had been outside in the sunshine ( with shade, fresh water and dry crumb food) three days ago the first passes away, I was devastated. I removed his body, disinfected the brooder and out the others back in after letting it dry out. Then the next morning two others had died. Again a thoroughly cleaned the brooder and replaced the two remaining chicks. This morning I woke to another carcass :'( leaving me with one seemingly healthy chick (who is so clingy its untrue!) none of the chicks had any symptoms and my vet said it was "probably the heat" but they weren't panting or anything. They simply seemed fine one day and dead the next. Thier food was all clean and dry as I am aware of ergot fungus. I don t know what to do, was it just a bad batch of chicks? Should I get the remaining chick a companion as he is NOT satisfied with the teddy and shrieks the house down if I put him back in the brooder alone :/ these chicks were two to three weeks old by the way. Any advice GREATLY received!! Emma.