Hello! I'm new to the site and am new to chickens as of this week. We are so excited to start this new adventure. We chose Wyandottes and Gold Stars for our little flock of 4. The Wyandottes are about a month old, but when we got our Gold Star chicks, they were only a day old and we learned the feed store had not been properly notified when they arrived. As a result they spent too much time in transit. The feed store owner had concerns that our new chicks may not survive the night after the stress of the long shipment. I remembered a little suggestion I read in all my planning and research before getting chickens. They suggested dissolving a bit of sugar in their water (about a teaspoon to tablespoon, depending on the amount of water given). Gently dip the chick's beak in the water to show them where it is. The chick will be thirsty and the sugar will both entice them to drink more and also give them a little more energy. I mentioned this to several of my more experienced "chicken-raising" friends and they had never heard of adding sugar to the water. My chicks are lively and doing great, and I wanted to share in case it could help anyone else! Best of luck to you all!