I am beside myself with grief and confusion!!!! Somebody help me with some information PLEASE!!!! My broody silkie just hatched 3 eggs. Three healthy chicks were walking around cheeping. I found one this afternoon that was dying. I thought the mother may have stepped on it. I removed the other two to a clean tote on shavings and paper towels and put under a heat lamp at about 100 degrees. The strongest one was drinking a little water and walking around. 30 minutes later when I checked on them, I just found him dead. No outward signs of trauma or illness. What can kill them so fast?????? They are only 24-36 hours old and look fine one minute, then dying within minutes. The only common factor is my filtered tap water that all my other exotic birds and chickens (young and old) drink with no problems. Is there some virus/bacteria they could have gotten from the broody mother that would kill them this quickly after hatching?????? I am very careful about keeping things clean and handling them carefully with sanitized hands. Water containers are washed in hot water and rinsed thoroughly and then some. Can anybody shed some light on this before I lose my mind?