I am hopefull someone can help. Yesterday I got 10 baby chicks (couple day old) from the feedstore. They were fine through the night and this morning, around noon when I went to check on them I found one very lethargic and laying in a corner with what appeared to be blood coming from her vent. I called everyone I knew with chickens to ask for help and tried yogurt, sugar water, cleaning her vent but she didn't make it. Two hours later I go to check on the remaining 9 and another one is dead in the corner with the same blood stuff. Now another chick is acting the same way. Their vents are clear, this is my 3rd round of chicks and the first time I have every had one die let alone 2 possibly 3 in one day. I had the chicks in a box because my wonderful (sometimes) husband had decided he wanted some of his own chicks and had bought some that were 5 weeks old so they were in the brooder/cage we normally use and because of the size difference I didn't want to mix them. I didn't realize he had done that till I was already home with my chicks so I used a cardboard box that his chicks had came in, my concern is his box had some alphalpha (sp? green straw) in the bottom and the baby chicks had been pecking at it. As soon as the first chick died I changed to a new box with an old pillowcase and washed the waterer and feeder really well and changed to medicated chick food. Any ideas would be appreciated....could it be the alphalpha? They have the lamp on them and have been maintaining the temp....Please help!