Hi. I started this a few weeks ago in the hatching thread and it was suggested that I post here. This was my first attempt at starting a flock and the eggs were a mixture of Aracauna and Bantams...maybe some leghorns. They started hatching on a Saturday afternoon (June 26th), which was day 23. The first four that hatched lasted the longest (until Wednesday the 30th) and two of those were the largest. All seemed good until Monday morning (28th). There were 9 in the brooder and 2 would not get up. One large fully hatched chick was dead in the incubator and another in the incubator didn't seem as healthy as some of the first ones that hatched. The afternoon of the 28th four were down and almost dead and others had started to show symptoms. At the onset they would be withdrawn and unsteady. They would also nod their heads. As it progressed they would lie on their side with their legs outstretched with their legs twitching. If stimulated they would stand with help. Eventually they would just lie there and peep occasionally. I only saw one peck at some food and I never saw any of them drink. I dribbled water onto their beaks and some seemed to want to drink it. The brooder is roughly 2'X4' and I started the heat lamp about 18" above them and off to one end. They weren't huddled so I raised the lamp to about 4'. I don't think I forgot anything. I have more eggs coming and I don't want to make the same mistakes. Any suggestions? Thanks.