I bought some EE chicks at an auction on Saturday. Most appeared in decent shape, some were missing a few feathers, however all seemed active and happy, no outward signs of any illness, clear nostrils, clear eyes, energetic and frisky. They ate and drank like starving lions when they got home, while some were a little skinny...it wasn't outrageous. Fast foreward to yesterday morning, I go in the barn to do chores, and check babies, One is dead as the proverbial doornail. I think ok, maybe it was stress? Last night, after bringing in what some people say passes for cows (sissies really) I check in the brooder and ANOTHER ONE IS DEAD!!!! This mornign resulted in no deaths. So I was like, ok... maybe its over! Come home at 4 and lo and behold I thought I had another dead one, grabbed it up and it BLINKED! So Ive brought "her" inside and gave her a mix of water, corn syrup and a prenatal vitamin with a bit of tetrecycline in it, because I had no idea what to do.... (I apologize for the rambling) Heres a rundown of her vital stats before treatment and after: -Lying flat out on side legs extended. -shallow quick resp. -neck extended (closed mouth, nose clear, no raspiness, gurgling etc) -eyes closed Gave " Anne's homemade I-hope-this-doesnt-kill-it Chick juice by dropper and! Approx 5 minutes later it was: -no longer recumbent but sitting up, eyes open and chirping. Offered a boiled egg yolk and wetted crumbles it has no will to eat. She's scarily thin, her little crop is empty. But she stood up and even tried to jump out, shes currently sleeping on her sternum. She also pooped (which appeared normal) Anyone have any clue at all what this could possibly be?? Thanks if you do, if you don't I appreciate you reading this long winded rant anyways!