We have close to 50 chicks that are about 9 weeks old. It was my first time ordering from Ideal poultry and I mixed and matched the chicks to get 6 breeds, and some of them aren't doing so well. The chanteclers are growing slower, and some are just down right tiny. The ameraucanas are big and beautiful, the cukoos, dominiques, new hampshire reds, and australorps are mediocre. I'm pretty sure they are pecking with the ee's possibly doing the most damage. There are some bare necks, bare backs, and bare butts. I'd say about half of them look this way, and the chanteclers are the worst, tiny little guys with ruffled feathers sticking out and some bald spots. I had New Hamshires and Dominiques last year and still have some hens and a roo, they went through a round with mites. But I don't think that is the case this year. We have diatomaceous earth around everywhere in the coop, and a dust bath of it. We just put up poultry netting and let them out for the first time today and we're hoping that will help cure some of the boredom. Any suggestions, I tried to tell my husband to add protein to the feed and vitamins to the water. But he says the organic feed mix is good, and he doesn't have time to add vitamins to the water. I'll have to do it myself because he can't spare 20 seconds in the morning! Any advice or tips that can sway his mentality would be great!