Don't crucify me! Saturday night a friend offered me four seven and eight week old BO pullets. I asked him (he's what I consider a chicken guru) if the babies could eat laying mash (crumbles) until this weekend and he said it wouldn't harm them. This morning, I found a dead chick who's seemed completely healthy. This absolutely devastated me, of course. It was 28 degrees last night, but I didn't suspect that was cold enough to kill them...i would have taken more measures if I didn't think it'd be ok, but on top of everything else I was diagnosed with pre term labor yesterday and put on modified bed rest, I'm not supposed to be doing anything at all. So my real question is, could the chicks die from eating only laying mash crumbles? And at the same time.. How cold is too cold? Their shelter in the small pen isn't fully enclosed since i was just using it to introduce them to the flock, but they aren't exposed wind or moisture. They're also getting a heat lamp this evening, if you guys think it's necessary! I trust the majority of you. I'm just confused and sad hoping to prevent any more fatalities since it will be cold for a few more weeks.