A friend called me this morning and told me that two of her week old chicks died and a third one is dying. I had dropped off a brooder box and heat lamp to her yesterday afternoon. She'd had them a week and said she had them in a cramped box with a white light on them. She let me know that they were happier in the brooder and seemed to be doing much better with the heat lamp on them. I asked her if she was checking the temp..."NO, I don't have a thermometer but they're acting fine." OH, and she didn't wash out the brooder box like I told her to. She said she was using some old wood shavings and didn't know if they were cedar or pine. She just put them on electrolytes and vitamins a couple of days ago (her husband brought it home). I didn't know really how to advise her since she didn't follow my advice that I had already given her: clean out the brooder box, check the temp. with a thermometer, buy new shavings and make sure they are pine only. She said she had to leave this morning so couldn't do anything else for the birds until she got home this afternoon but would bring fresh shavings home. SOOOOOOO, my question is, is it possible to lose chicks like this just due to weak birds or genetics (as her husband suggests) or would you say there is something else happening? I asked her if the birds seem otherwise healthy and she said yes. She said that they lay under the heat lamp but then go to the other end of the box to run around, eat, etc. Sounds like it's not a heat issue. Any ideas?